UK Study Links Diet to IQ in Kids

May 12, 2011 |  by  |  Healthy Eating, KidFood

A study recently published in the UK suggests that fatty, sugary, and processed foods (read EVERYTHING fast food) may lower children’s IQs. Conversely a diet that is rich in nutrients and vitamins may have the opposite effect.

Published in February in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers gathered their data by studying a cohort of hearly 4000 children in 1991-92. The study monitored the diet and IQs of kids ages 3, 4, 7, and 8. Their IQs dropped about 2% for every increment on a chart showing the amount of processed fats they ate.

Results showed that children under 4 who’s diet was high in processed foods, fats and sugars had lower brain power when they reached 8. What was more worrying was that the damage processed food caused to children’s IQs was irreversible.

The study is in its early phases, we expect to see more in the years to come.

Not good.

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