Giving children fatty foods of low, very low quality and with a nutritional intake equal to zero, means "giving" them an infinitesimal IQ. British researchers from Bristol University swear by it, who analyzed the eating habits of 3.966 children aged 3, 4, 7 and 8 and a half years old recorded by the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.
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Junk food o junk food. Call it what you want so the result does not change. Well, that kind of food that causes addiction, that triggers depression, but which - all in all - makes us happy every now and then (let's give Caesar what belongs to Caesar), is again accused.
This time it's up to the children. Giving them fatty foods, of low, very low quality and with a nutritional intake equal to zero, means "giving" them a infinitesimal IQ. The British researchers of the Bristol University, who analyzed the eating habits of 3.966 children aged 3, 4, 7 and 8 and a half years recorded by the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.
The children were divided into 3 groups: those who ate ready and processed foods rich in fat and sugar, those that followed one meat-based diet, vegetables e potatoes and those who consumed fruit, salad, vegetables and fish.
They were then eight and a half years old evaluate children's cognitive and intellectual abilities through some tests and, also taking into account other factors such as the mother's education level, the socio-economic well-being of the family and the duration of breastfeeding, the scholars have associated a diet based on industrial foods from three years of age a slightly lower intelligence.
Emmett Pauline, research coordinator published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health concludes: “Brain development is very rapid in the first years of life. It seems that what happens later in the years is less important ”.
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