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Early junk food habit may impact IQ
Children who eat a healthy diet before the age of 2 years are more likely to have a higher IQ at age 8 years than those who eat a less healthy diet, show results published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
The team found that children who were breastfed at 6 months and who had a healthy diet including foods such as fruit and vegetables, legumes, and cheese at age 15 and 24 months had an IQ that was up to two points higher at 8 years of age than those who had a diet high in junk foods such as biscuits, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks and chips during the same period.
There was some indication that ready-prepared baby foods might have a negative effect on later IQ when given at 6 months of age, but not at 15 or 24 months.