Food, development and behaviour
Food and diet affect children's brains and behaviour as well as their physical health. What your child eats can have a profound effect on his or her ability to read, write, concentrate and remember things. Scientific evidence shows that certain dietary changes can actually improve some children's general ability and mood. Controlled trials have also shown that nutritional approaches can improve behaviour and learning in many children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD or related conditions.
Recommended reading: They are what you feed them.
They are what you feed them by Dr Alex Richardson, internationally known for her scientific research into how nutrition can affect behaviour, learning and mood, explains what every parent and professional caring for children needs to know about diet. She exposes the truth about what UK children are eating - or failing to eat. She explains why many common foods and drinks can be so damaging - and so irresistible - and shows how to bring the best choices into any child's diet. A few simple changes can be all it takes to make the world of difference.
• The best - and the worst - foods revealed
• Easy steps to free your child from food traps
• Simple, child-friendly recipes
• Practical tips to help your child make the best food choices
• Advice on key lifestyle factors, including exercise and sleep