Fuelling your child's brain for school
Your child’s developing brain needs a balanced supply of fuel (sugar) and essential healthy fats (the brain is made of 60% fat) to function at its best.
Balancing blood sugar by keeping ‘fast release sugars’ such as sweets, biscuits, cakes, chocolate, refined cereals and white breads to a minimum and ensuring your child eats little and often will ensure the brain receives an even supply of fuel. Too much sugar and your child may be hyperactive and find it difficult to concentrate, whilst too little sugar and they may feel too tired or irritable to concentrate.
Balanced breakfast is a key factor!
It is essential to have a good start, especially in young children, when their more structured learning is mostly carried out in the morning. Without a slow energy release breakfast, they may get too hungry or have inadequate fuel for the brain to concentrate and learn effectively.
A healthy balanced breakfast should include a mix of complex or unrefined carbohydrate (porridge, muesli, wholemeal cereals or bread or fruit) and some protein (eggs, baked beans, chopped nuts, seeds, full fat yoghurt or milk).
Great breakfast ideas for your child's brain:
One bowl of sugar-frosted cornflakes can contain nearly 4 teaspoons of sugar!
Brains are made of fat!
Essential fats are vital for brain formation and allowing the cells to communicate effectively. Numerous scientific studies have linked inadequate essential fats in a child’s diet to lower IQ’s and learning or behavioral disorders. So ensure your child is consuming the following on a regular basis:
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