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Relationship Between Children, Diet and Behaviour

Relationship Between Children, Diet and Behaviour
Our next #30in30 #nutritionmonth blog post is from Denise Livotti, Owner of Petits Chefs Academy and Director of the Real Food 4 Life Education Foundation. Thank you for submitting!

Is there a relationship between children, nutrition, food and behavior? Nutrition, food and behavior influence each other, but that the relation between nutrition, food and behavior can be extremely significant in children with relation to cognitive and social development.
The major culprits to our children health and well being are:
1. Sugar
2. Food additives
3. Proteins
In a study involving 803 New York schools, found that removing food additives and improving children nutrition resulted in huge increases in test scores, resulting in a 16% rise in academic ranking and a decrease in learning disabled children from 12% to 5%.  (Dr. S. Schoenthaler)
Improving children nutrition by banning food additives and replacing junk food snacks with fruit led to an increase in passing English scores from 23% to 64% at Wolney Junior school in New Addington, South London, UK (School leaps up the leagues table by Susie Steiner, The London Times).
Diet can affect learning and behavior and sensitivity to some dietary substances can adversely affect attention, impulsivity, behavior, and/or cognitive performance. Modifying diet to eliminate offending foods can improve performance in some children with developmental disorders.
Studies have showed that low levels of Zinc, Iron, Vitamin B and protein deficiencies, leads to low IQs, which lead to later antisocial behavior.  These are all nutrients linked to brain development. Before a Wisconsin high school replaced their cafeteria processed foods with nutritious fresh whole foods the students were out of control. Now there are no drop outs, weapons violations, expulsions and suicides. The new behavior has lasted for seven years. Another strong correlation between nutrition food and behavior is found here. For more information link here:

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It is imperative that we educate ourselves on how we can help our children live a fulfilling and meaningful life and give them all the right tools, such as, learning the life skill of cooking. We must advocate for their wellbeing and give our children the competence and confidence to face challenges through education and community partnerships that support child health.
Let us empower our children to make wise food choices now and for a lifetime.


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