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Toddlers’ Diet May Affect IQ at Age 8

Study Shows Diet High in Processed Foods May Be Tied to Lower IQ Scores

Processed Food: Striking a Balance

Northstone says she understand the pressures busy parents face, and that the important thing isn’t to make sure these foods never touch a child’s lips, only that they don’t replace fruits and vegetables.

“I have a 6-year-old boy,” Northstone says, “and I know how hard it is to say ‘no’ to the crisps and ‘no’ to the sweets and ‘no’ to the chips. You don’t have to always say ‘no.’ Just make sure they also get some fresh food, some fresh fruit, fresh veg. And every now and then, say ‘no’ to the chocolate.”


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