A study of nearly 9,000 children in the UK found that children who ate more fruits and vegetables a day were more intelligent.
According to a report published in the latest issue of the online research journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health, these children were from primary and secondary schools in Norfolk, UK.
The study, entitled “The Norfolk Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Survey 2017,” analyzed data from a large survey of 50 Norfolk schools.
For the purpose of analysis, the mental abilities of primary school children were tested on a scale of 60 degrees, while those in secondary school were tested on a scale of 70 degrees.
The average score of mental ability in primary school children (on a scale of 60) was 46, while the average score of secondary school children was 46.6.
The analysis found that children who consumed as much fruit and vegetables as possible throughout the day had significantly better mental and emotional abilities.
It should be noted that in this survey, a fruit or a vegetable with average weight was declared as “one portion”. The children’s daily eating habits were tested in one to five portions.
Similarly, the mental abilities of children who did not eat breakfast properly or skipped lunch were also found to be significantly lower than average.
Another surprising finding was that children who used energy drinks daily for breakfast to stay active and energetic all day had significantly lower mental abilities than average.
Experts say that the effects of childhood routines and abilities stay with us for the rest of our lives, and in the years to come they become even more prominent.
That is why it is important to make routine other than eating and drinking in childhood and adolescence part of government health policies to ensure better mental and physical health for future generations.