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IQ Foods: Processed Food Lowers IQ in Children, Nutritious Food Raises It

Mike Barrett
May 23rd, 2012
Updated 11/18/2012 at 2:43 am
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Processed foods are the staple of far too many diets, particularly in the United States where 105 million people have either diabetes or prediabetes. These processed foods are filled with white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, artificial food colorings, and a wide variety of other toxic substances. Interestingly enough, research shows that these are some of the worst IQ foods. Given the makeup of processed foods, is it any wonder that children are suffering from IQ reduction upon introducing these foods into their diet?

IQ Foods: The Findings

British researchers uncovered the connection between processed foods and reduced IQ. They followed what 14,000 children ate and drank at the ages of 3, 4, 7, and 8.5 years of age, with answers submitted via parents through questionnaires. The researchers found that if children were consuming a processed diet at age 3, IQ decline could begin over the next five years. The study found that by age 8, the children had suffered the IQ decline.

On the contrary, children who ate a nutrient-rich diet were found to increase their IQ over the 3 year period. The foods considered nutrient-rich by the researchers were most likely conventional fruits and vegetables. If children were to eat a wide variety of organic produce, superfoods, mineral-rich plants, and perhaps even consume a food-based multivitamin, the researchers would most likely see a substantial IQ increase. This eating plan would also benefit the children — or even adults — in other aspects of their lives as well, such as better overall health & well-being.

Processed foods have been known to wreak havoc on the body for quite some time. One joint American and Spanish study has even found that junk food products, particularly those containing trans fats, can make healthy young men infertile by damaging their sperm. Another study, conducted by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, reported that both junk food and fast food consumption can bring on depression. The link was so strong, in fact, that those who consumed fast food were 51% more likely to be depressed. It isn’t surprising that some of the worst IQ foods are the same foods that cause numerous health complications.

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail IQ Foods: Processed Food Lowers IQ in Children, Nutritious Food Raises It Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • Anna

    The food was changed in the USA, UK and Australia 30 years ago when dangerous food chemicals from the USA was allowed into European. The food today causes stubborn insulin If you have stubborn insulin you hold fat and have a hard time losing weight. You can eat very little and the weight still does not come off. Stubborn insulin will hold fat and diets won’t work. When researchers used a specialized diabetes diet on overweight people all lost weight even those who did not have diabetes. See here

    • Dennis B. Drake

      This 60 yr old Marine Vet is in Perfect Health and Smarter than 99% of the People on this Planet 165 IQ

  • Steve W.

    I've always taken issue with "IQ" tests as someone can definitely excel at one thing and fail at everything else. But that doesn't mean this study has no merit seeing as this study was done on children so that may not really apply in the younger years so much.

    Chemicals in our food is effecting us in all other negative ways so we would be completely naive to think the brain would be unaffected.

    Interesting report.

  • judy

    Dr Shauna Young of both Assertive Wellness center and the No Harm Foundation has done some great research regarding the decline of IQ in our children and has done specific work with the Autism Spectrum disorders. She has also written a book on Naturopathy called "I Naturopaths are Quacks then I guess I'm a Duck" Check it out. There are a whole lot of problems surrounding our children, she pretty much addresses all that she has spent the last 11 years researching.