08 Feb '11, 1am

No more Happy Meals for you: Kids who eat highly-processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ later in life, a study says

No more Happy Meals for you: Kids who eat highly-processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ later in life, a study says

PARIS - TODDLERS who have a diet high in processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ in later life, according to a British study described as the biggest research of its kind. The conclusion, published on Monday, comes from a long-term investigation into 14,000 people born in western England in 1991 and 1992 whose health and well-being were monitored at the ages of three, four, seven and eight and a half. Parents of the children were asked to fill out questionnaires that, among other things, detailed the kind of food and drink their children consumed. Three dietary patterns emerged: one was high in processed fats and sugar; then there was a 'traditional' diet high in meat and vegetables; and finally a 'health-conscious' diet with lots of salad, fruit and vegetables, pasta and rice. When the children were eight and a half, their IQ was measured using a standard tool called...

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