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A Different Kind of Brain Food for a Higher IQ

Cute little boy with basket full of vegetablesBetween the ages of 6 Month and 2 years is when a large portion of your brain tissue is developing. A new study shows that a proper diet could help kids out later in life by making them just a little bit smarter than their peers.

Children fed healthy diets in early age may have a slightly higher IQ, while those on heavier junk food diets may have a slightly reduced IQ, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

The study was pretty comprehensive;

The study of more than 7000 children compared a range of dietary patterns, including traditional and contemporary home-prepared food, ready-prepared baby foods, breastfeeding, and ‘discretionary’ or junk foods.

While 2 more IQ points not seem like much, Dr Lisa Smithers, one of the researchers points out that:

“While the differences in IQ are not huge, this study provides some of the strongest evidence to date that dietary patterns from six to 24 months have a small but significant effect on IQ at eight years of age,” Dr Smithers says.

It should be interesting to see how long they monitor the progress of these 7000 children. How something small might have a larger effect on their lives in the years to come.

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