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Eating More Fruits and Vegetables May Lead To Better Academic Performance in Children
In a study involving 325 junior high school students, results indicate that eating more fruits and vegetables may be associated with improved academic performance. Dietary data was collected from the students to assess fruit and vegetable consumption and milk intake. Mean daily intakes of fruits and vegetables (4.3 servings) and milk (1.7 servings) were found to be below recommended levels. After adjusting for potential confounders, higher intakes of fruits and vegetables were associated with higher academic performance (average grades above 90%). No significant association was found between milk intake and academic performance. Thus, the authors of this study conclude, "The association between VF [vegetable and fruit] intake and academic performance supports the need for further research with a larger, more representative sample."
"Food intake and academic performance among adolescents," MacLellan D, Taylor J, et al, Can J Diet Pract Res, 2008; 69(3): 141-4.