Fast food is very popular among Americans, including children.
Due to increased advertising, an exponential rise in fast food restaurants and Americans’ fast-paced lifestyle, fast food has become a multi-billion dollar industry.
But, fast food has a negative impact on people of all ages, especially for children.
Children who eat more “fast food” will have a lower IQ than those who eat fresh and cooked foods, a new study showed, but that is something what most of us already know.
Everyone knows that food in early age is very important for a child, but do you know that food can really affect on child IQ? New research study shows that children who eat fast food every day for lunch, instead of homemade cooked meal, have lower cognitive ability (brain-based skills) and the food has impact on their growth. The study involved around 4000 children, aged from three to five, and it was made by experts from the University of London.
The survey compare the impacts of fast food with those of freshly prepared meals and conclusion showed that there is an effect on IQ of children, even when all other factors, such as IQ at an early age and the financial situation in family is taken into account. In other words, the researchers perceived that frequent consumption of dishes prepared from fresh passers have a positive impact on IQ in children.
“And common sense dictates that the food we eat affect brain development, but previous studies were based mostly on the impact of specific groups of passers-by, not the types of meals,” said dr. Sofi von Stum. She added that the freshness and quality of food is more important than the satiety because some parents due to work commitments do not have time to prepare healthy meals for their children.
Australian study showed that children who eat fast food have an average of two points lower IQ than their friends who consume healthy passers. Also, a previously published US study has shown that children who eat pizza and fried foods before its third year, have up to five points lower IQ than their peers who ate fresh food, fruit and vegetables.