I wrote a post about some of my concerns with IQ testing but I did not get into ALL the factors that influence IQ scores.
Let me amend the concept of IQ testing to be the concept of cognitive testing – or for an IQ to be a measure of cognitive development – because cognition is what IQ testing is all about!
It turns out, as many have long argued, that what you eat affects your cognition – and in turn, your IQ score. In a study of food and IQ results, it was found that eating processed foods when 3 years of age led to a decrease in IQ scores at 8 1/2. Eating healthier foods such as salads, pasta and fruit at 3 – led to an increase in IQ scores at 8 1/2. The decreases and increases were not huge – they were in effect small – but it is the direction of the trend that is important
The authors of the study on food and cognition conclude:
There is evidence that a poor diet associated with high fat, sugar and processed food content in early childhood may be associated with small reductions in IQ in later childhood, while a healthy diet, associated with high intakes of nutrient rich foods described at about the time of IQ assessment may be associated with small increases in IQ.
Some of us old-timers were warning in the 1960's that colorings, additives and processing of foods were not good for a child's development! It's sad but we were right – back then we were laughed at for suggesting that what we ingested affected our brains! Especially a growing child's brain!
I still argue for good nutrition – even as our food supply is less nutritious than it was when I was growing up.
Now I suggest that if you want your child's brain [and yours also by the way] to function as optimally as it can – that you use real food supplements.
Below are links to real food supplements that I use and DISCLAIMER sell! If you buy any – i do make some $$ [but so can you]