Research Shows Infants Diet Influences IQ later in life


According to research released last Tuesday, by the University of Adelaide, what you feed your baby in the first two years of their life can impact their IQ score later down the road.

The study, conducted by researcher Dr. Lisa Smithers, looked at the connection of 7000 infants eating habits at six months, fifteen months and two years, in relation to their IQ scores at age eight.

The results showed that children who at six months were beast fed and at 15 and 24 months had a healthy diet including foods such as vegetables, fruit, cheese and legumes had a IQ score up to two points higher at age 8 compared to children who ate unhealthy diets filled with junk food and sweets.

Quoted from Dr Smithers “Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, and the aim of this study was to look at what impact diet would have on children’s IQs”.

Although the IQ difference in not large the study does supply solid evidence that diet in early years of life is crucial to a child’s development.

“It is important that we consider the longer-term impact of the foods we feed our children,” she says.