From the Lab Bench: Good Food, Good Grades

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By Sean Cordry, GW Morristown Tennessee Director

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It seems intuitively obvious – at least to some of us – that what goes into our kids’ mouths will affect what comes out of their brains on tests. However, in a world increasingly ruled by corporate interests, we need more than just a gut feeling to make a difference.

Now, thanks to a team lead by Anett Nyaradi at the University of Western Australia in Perth, we have some great ammunition.

This month, in a science journal called Nutrition, she published an article titled, “A Western Dietary Pattern is Associated with Poor Academic Performance in Australian Adolescents.” Dr. Nyaradi describes a large study involving more than seven-hundred Aussie teens. Her team compared the kids’ standardized test scores to a measurement of the kids’ dietary quality. Then, they meticulously teased apart the data with some sophisticated math that ruled out the effects of BMI and socioeconomic factors.

Their conclusion? Students who had a “high intake of take-away foods, red and processed meat, soft drinks, fried and refined food” were at significant risk of performing poorly in school. They note that “Adolescence is a sensitive period for brain development and a vulnerable time of life with respect to nutrition.”

Your own kids eat nutritiously when they’re with you. This week, make sure that you send them some awesome Get Waisted lunches and snacks.

Feed their hearts and their heads.

Posted on by Mary Clifton, MD

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