Pardon me ma’am but if you feed THAT to your child, his brain may not grow as large and it may lower his IQ. Would that get someone’s attention?
We nurse our babies because it builds their immune systems or we don’t nurse because we know that if we don’t enjoy it, those feelings will be passed on to the child. We play Mozart to them in the creche. We read story upon story to multiply and fire their synapses in a way that will create an amazing network of brain matter so sharp and abundant that they can choose their paths in life and succeed in every direction. We hover and we helicopter – both great topics for a post on another day. So why not begin by feeding them well and what words would convince those not doing so, that it is critically important?
The fact is that the brain grows at its fastest rate during the first three years of life. According to the study of thousands of British children, a diet high in processed foods, sugar and fat may have the effect of lowering IQ. The report says that eating habits among three year olds shape brain performance as they get older. A predominantly processed-food diet at age three is directly associated with a lower IQ at age eight and a half. Meanwhile, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reports that food full of vitamins and nutrients helps boost mental performance as the toddlers get older.
Being a data-driven person, what I find startling is that for every one-point increase in the study’s dietary pattern score – a record of processed fat intake – there is a corresponding 1.67-point fall in IQ. I only have to google terms like low IQ+prison to learn what the alternative brings. The study goes on to speculate that good nutrition can actually increase IQ.
So readers, we face yet another story where better knowledge about nutrition presented in a compelling manner might alter the course of a society. What is a compelling manner?
- 1 lb whole wheat penne or other favorite pasta shape
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 6 green onions, whites and some green chopped fine
- 1 Tsp olive oil
- 1 bunch of swiss chard, finely sliced
- 1 daikon radish, cubed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- black pepper
- a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes