Diet makes a difference to learning

Diet makes a difference to learning This one is definitely a neuro-hit: everyone agrees that in one way or another diet has an impact on children’s cognitive abilities. However, it’s also quite a broad statement, and although there are a lot of studies exploring links between diet and behaviour, there are also lots of holes in our knowledge, making it quite a controversial area. Here we will look at the short-term effects of what children eat then at the longer term influence of certain dietary choices. Short-term effects Fourteen percent of UK school children skip breakfast, with this being more likely in the case of secondary school children and in areas of deprivation[i]. The studies looking at what happens to children’s performance in school when they miss breakfast show that…

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