What is it about?

A sufficient quantity and quality of various nutrients, particularly carbohydrates and fatty acids, are vital for optimal cognitive development in children. The modern era has introduced a poor diet quality, including a low intake of fibre and a high intake of refined sugars and saturated fatty acids, among children. We investigated the association of dietary intakes of carbohydrates and fatty acids with cognition in children.

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We showed that boys with higher dietary fructose and fibre intakes had better cognitive scores than other boys in boys. However, dietary fatty acids were not related to cognition in boys or in girls. These results suggests that a diet high in fibre and sources of fructose, especially fruits and berries, could benefit cognitive development in boys.


Second paper for her PhD thesis by Dr. Naveed

Dr. Eero Haapala
University of Jyväskylä

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This page is a summary of: Associations of dietary carbohydrate and fatty acid intakes with cognition among children, Public Health Nutrition, February 2020, Cambridge University Press,
DOI: 10.1017/s1368980019003860.
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