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Relation Between Children, Diet and Behaviour
August 03, 2012

August 2, 2012 

By:  Denise K. Livotti – www.PetitsChefsAcademy.comPETITS CHEFS ACADEMY INC. is an educational cooking school specifically designed for children, families, the culinary newbie and enthusiast.  Let’s get back into the kitchen learning how to cook simple, easy, fresh and wholesome meals together.

Relation Between Children, Diet and Behaviour

Is there a relationship between children, nutrition, food and behavior?

Nutrition, food and behavior influence each other, but that the relation between nutrition, food and behavior can be extremely significant in children with relation to cognitive and social development.

The major culprits to our children health and well being are:

1. Sugar

2. Food additives

3. Proteins

In a study involving 803 New York schools, found that removing food additives and improving children nutrition resulted in huge increases in test scores, resulting in a 16% rise in academic ranking and a decrease in learning disabled children from 12% to 5%.  Dr. S. Schoenthaler

Improving children nutrition by banning food additives and replacing junk food snacks with fruit led to an increase in passing English scores from 23% to 64% at Wolney Junior school in New Addington, South London, UK School leaps up the leagues table, By: Susie Steiner, The London Times

Diet can affect learning and behavior and sensitivity to some dietary substances can adversely affect attention, impulsivity, behavior, and/or cognitive performance.

Modifying diet to eliminate offending foods can improve performance in some children with developmental disorders.

Studies have showed that low levels of Zinc, Iron, Vitamin B and protein deficiencies, leads to low IQs, which lead to later antisocial behavior.  These are all nutrients linked to brain development.

Before a Wisconsin high school replaced their cafeteria processed foods with nutritious fresh whole foods the students were out of control. Now there are no drop outs, weapons violations, expulsions and suicides. The new behavior has lasted for seven years. Another strong correlation between nutrition food and behavior is found here. For more information link here:

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/03/335318.shtml and video link here:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3656274562048336840&q=healthy+foods

It is imperative that we educate ourselves on how we can help our children live a fulfilling and meaningful life and give them all the right tools, such as, learning the life skill of cooking.

We must advocate for their well being and give our children the competence and confidence to face challenges through education and community partnerships that support child health.

Let us empower our children to make wise food choices now and for a lifetime.

PETITS CHEFS ACADEMY INC. is an educational cooking school specifically designed for children, families, the culinary newbie and enthusiast.

A fun, interactive and safe environment where all will discover the value and joy of healthy nutritional cooking, a life skill that not only will enrich their academics such as math, science, reading, social studies and much more but one that will empower them to make wise, healthy food choices now and for a lifetime.

Let’s get back into the kitchen learning how to cook simple, easy, fresh and wholesome meals together.

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