A recent study by researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia shows that feeding your children a healthy diet rather than junk food can result in a higher IQ later in life.
The study, led by Dr. Lisa Smithers, looked at the link between the eating habits of children at 6 months, 15 months and 24 months, and their IQ at 8 years of age.
Researchers studied the dietary patterns of more than 7,000 children during the first two years of life. They compared traditional and contemporary home-prepared food, commercial baby food, breastfeeding, and junk food.
According to Dr. Smithers, “Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, and the aim of this study was to look at what impact diet would have on children’s IQs.” Continue reading “Smart Food Choices Makes For Smarter Kids”
A new study pre-published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, shows that exposure to fluoride may lower children’s intelligence. Fluoride is added to 70% of U.S. public drinking water supplies.
More than 500 children aged 8 to 13 from two different towns were studied and tested. One city had fluoridated water, and the other did not.
The results showed that approximately 28% of the children in the low-fluoride area scored as bright, normal or higher intelligence compared to only 8% in the high-fluoride area. In the high-fluoride city, 15% had scores indicating mental retardation, as compared to only 6% in the low-fluoride city.
Fluoride has also been a concern because of fluorosis, a dental condition that can result from consuming too much of the mineral fluoride. It mostly results in tiny white flecks or streaks on teeth. In extreme cases, it causes discoloration and pitting of the tooth enamel. This affects children under the age of 8.
One way to avoid too much fluoride is to read your toothpaste label and limit the amount of toothpaste used by kids under 6. Continue reading “Fluoride Lowers Children’s IQ”