Young Children’s Reading Skills Can Be Improved By Healthy Diets Like The Mediterranean, Baltic Sea & Finnish
A healthy diet is no doubt good for a child's physical and mental health, and it goes beyond those known benefits. A study found that feeding young kids with healthy food can also improve their reading skills.
A research published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that children with diets composed of fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grain, berries, unsaturated fats, and low in products filled with artificial sweeteners perform better in tests that measure reading skills compared to kids who have poor diets. The study represents a part of two separate reports conducted by research teams from the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyväskylä.
Children from Grades 1 to 3 and aged six to eight years old were examined in the study. Dr. Eero Haapala, one of the study's researchers from both universities, said that the link between diet quality and reading skills among children were "independent" of other factors such as "socio-economic status, physical activity, body adiposity, and physical fitness," according to a press release.