Foods children eat implicitly influence their learning aptitude and behavior. If your child is struggling academically and regularly misbehaves consider changing the foods he or she eats.
Parents often overlook the impact of foods they feed their children. They take for granted the quality of foods they had as children. They forget their meals were made from scratch hence contained natural ingredients. They forget the hot grits or cream of wheat, eggs and sausage they received before going to school. They forget that boxed cereal was a luxury not a norm. They forget the frequent servings of fish. They forget pre-packaged foods were frowned upon they were believed to contain “too many preservatives”.
Today in a fast-pace culture parents feed their children process foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. They do not understand that high carbohydrates foods are not a good choice for stimulating learning. It is also a factor for aggressive behavior in children. Breakfast or lunch containing bagels, donuts, white bread, white rice, pasta and an excessive amount of sugar should be avoided. Here is why. When children eat these foods they become sluggish or fidgety. The high glycemic index in carbohydrates triggers the brain to increase the level of glucose. Initially children will appear calm because of the rise of serotonin but the presence of too much sugar in the body will create a crash and burn effect. In a crash and burn mode children are unable to focus in their classrooms.
High carbohydrates are mainly useful an hour before sport related exercises. The best foods for children confined to the classrooms are high fiber foods and proteins. High fiber and proteins foods along with yogurt and milk are recommended for breakfast and lunch. These foods build brain cells. These foods keep children awake and alert. These foods help their brains to grow.
The presence of fatty acid in a child’s diet is also frequently ignored. Fatty acids promote brain growth and because the brain is over 50% fat it requires omega 3, a fatty acid. Omega 3 promotes healthy brain development. In particular omega 3, directly impact the psyche and the neurological system. The deficiency of omega 3 is said to cause depression and ADHD. It is also believed to cause disruptive behavior. Since the body does not produce these fatty acids, foods such as fish, shrimps, nuts, cabbage, spinach and broccoli are highly recommended since they are saturated with omega 3.
Children in their individual biological programming will react differently to foods, examine what your child eats notice how they learn and behavior then change their foods appropriately. Some children might be allergic to nuts or might hate broccoli that should not prevent the limitation on high carbohydrates or the increase of omega 3 in your child’s diet. Find the foods that benefit your child.