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Short Communication - Journal of Food Science and Nutrition (2021) Volume 4, Issue 2

Impact of Diet and Nutrition on Child's Learning Ability.

Children with insufficient diets are frequently reported to have many problems with health, their academic learning, and also psychosocial behaviour. Malnutrition seems to result in the long-term neural issues in the brain, which can majorly impact a child's emotional responses, reactions to stress, learning disabilities, and other medical complications. While the intake of food is vital for our proper performance, many of the widely available and popular foods in the schools today are actually hindering the children’s abilities to learn. Loaded with sugars, caffeine, sodium, chemicals and many more popular menu items are leaving our kids tired, unfocused on what they are doing, jittery, and even sick—which not only impacts on students’ grades and performance, but also influences their behaviour and moods. According to the Society for Neuroscience, recent studies revealed that diets with higher levels of saturated fats actually impair ones’ learning and memory. Unfortunately, foods with saturated fats are often considered the most affordable and widely available in the schools. French fries, cheeseburgers, sugary desserts, chicken nuggets and other cafeteria staples are filling kids with food which actually lowers their brain power before sending them back to class.

Author(s): Emir Ozen

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