UK Daily Mail
Feb 8, 2011
Toddlers fed a diet of junk food can suffer lasting damage to their brainpower, researchers warn.
Children who eat more chips, crisps, biscuits and pizza before the age of three have a lower IQ five years later, a study showed.
The difference could be as much as five IQ points compared with children given healthier diets with fruit, vegetables and home-cooked food.
But even if their diet improves, it could be too late as the ill-effects can persist for a lifetime.
This is the first study to suggest a direct link between the diet of young children and their brainpower in later life.
The project at Bristol University took account of factors such as social class, breastfeeding and maternal education and age.
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 5:09 am