Kids’ Concentration In School – Do Healthy Lunches Make A Difference?
The Better Life Experts | September 8, 2008

Absolutely, healthy food makes a big difference in the ability of children to concentrate, period. Many health professionals, including dietician Catherine Kraus, a University of Michigan Health Systems expert, emphasize that a balanced diet enables neurotransmitters to function better, resulting in improved concentration and memory.

“Childhood is a crucial time when bodies are growing and brains are developing. It’s so important to fuel the body with good nutrition, and teaching children smart eating habits at a young age is a great idea”, says Kraus. Parents, grandparents, siblings and teachers need to serve as role models for young children and should walk the talk.

While many schools strive to add healthier items to lunch menus, they continue to offer plenty of unhealthy foods as choices for children. Making the assumption that children know the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods is mostly false. For example, children may think that nachos are a good choice for lunch – cheese is good and comes from a cow so it must be healthy. What children do not think about is the cycle of food from cafeteria to lunch table. Nachos are made with tortilla chips that are deep fried and salted. The nachos are then loaded with cheese that may or may not be ‘real’ (some cheese products are full of emulsifiers). By the time it reaches your child’s plate, it is a high-fat meal that can make them feel tired and lethargic after lunch.

We spend a great deal of time and effort trying to make sure that children go to the best schools in the best school districts and expend too little effort in ensuring that they are offered the best possible food choices in the cafeteria.

Think about it.
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