Junk Food Diet Lowers Kids' IQ

Children who eat a diet heavy in junk food and processed food in early childhood appear to grow up to have a lower IQ. The findings come from a study that tracked the long-term health and well-being of around 14,000 children born in 1991 and 1992.

Parents complete questionnaires about the food and drink their children typically consumed at the ages of three, four, seven and 8.5 years old.

CTV reports:

"After the researchers adjusted their findings for several factors, including breastfeeding duration and the amount of oily fish their mothers consumed while pregnant, they found that a highly processed food diet at the age of three was linked with a lower IQ at the age of 8.5. Every 1 point increase in dietary pattern score was associated with a 1.67 fall in IQ."

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