What Your Children Eat Affects How Well They Learn

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As your children grow, you’ll discover that a healthy, well-balanced diet can affect many aspects of their lives. This includes your child’s attentiveness and ability to learn.

Researchers at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) have discovered that if your child is properly nourished, it will improve her ability to:

  • Be alert and attentive in school
  • Remember what has been taught
  • Understand visuals
  • Solve problems
  • Develop math skills

A poor diet often leads to obesity in children. Together they can be detrimental to your child’s ability to learn at school. Dr. Joseph Allen explains:

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FRAC researchers also discovered that children who skipped breakfast were less able to focus in class and showed behavioral and emotional problems compared to their classmates who ate a healthy breakfast. They found that a healthy breakfast:

  • Improved alertness, concentration, memory and comprehension
  • Made fewer mistakes and worked faster in math class
  • Scored higher on vocabulary and matching tests
  • Scored better on standardized tests

Some foods are more likely to have a negative effect on your child’s ability to learn. Dr. Allen describes them:

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Here’s additional guidance on food and nutrition for children.

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