Erika’s Post – Back to School!
Let’s talk about “brain foods”. What we eat matters, especially when it comes to children’s brain development and cognition.
When sugar and processed foods in kids’ diets were replaced with fruits, vegetables, nuts, and protein, teachers reported increased focus, less falling asleep in class, and a decrease in behavioral interruptions.
Overweight and obesity in children are both associated with impairments in executive function – memory, attention, mental flexibility, and decision-making.
In addition, children who face food insecurity (lack of enough food or nutritious foods to sustain health) tend to have less favorable academic outcomes than their better-nourished peers.
Overall, the research points to a diet rich in a wide variety of minimally processed foods from all major food groups as the best route to successful academic performance and overall good health!