Food That Has An Impact On Your Toddler's Learning

After recently posting about Amelia's diet, it got me thinking on how different types of food have an impact on learning in young children and toddlers. So I decided to do a little more research into it and have discovered that a healthy diet can lead to a better behaved child. With Amelia being a little nightmare recently I thought it would be interesting to share what I have found out.

Young children need energy and nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals to ensure that their little bodies work properly and grow. A good diet is key for young children, as food experiences will impact on their eating habits and patterns in the future. Diets high in processed foods can cause bad behaviour and learning difficulties in children, many scientists have warned that junk food stops the brain working properly leading to underachievement. It is a good idea to do a Food intolerance test especially if you think your child may not be able to digest a certain type of food. 

Of course we've all heard the quote that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it really is and especially for children! They need that kick start to the day especially as they will be learning new things all the time. An example of a good breakfast would be an egg, a slice of whole grain toast, a piece of fruit and a glass of low-fat milk. Whole grain cereals are also a good choice at breakfast. Try to avoid giving your child a sugary breakfast, as these will leave your child hungry a couple of hours late, this will have an impact on their learning as they will lack concentration and become disinterested. 

You should avoid food that consist of: 

1. Food Additives 

Stay away from food that contains added colouring, flavours or preservatives, as it has been proven that they may contribute to learning and behavioural problems. The reality is that additives contribute to disorders like ADHD, which is characterised by impulsive behaviour and hyperactivity 

2. Avoid Added Sugar 

Added sugar is everywhere so it is hard to cut it out of your diet however the consequences can be an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, IBS and ADHD. There are many types of Food to avoid with IBS, so it is best to ensure that your child eats healthily to cut out the chance of getting IBS. Optimal brain function requires a balanced blood sugar level, as extreme blood sugar fluctuations could lead to aggression and mood swings. 

A healthy diet is important for your toddler or child because: 

- It helps build up their strength 
- Helps them establish good healthy eating habits 
- Gives them plenty of energy 
- Helps improve their concentration, behaviour and learning 
- Helps against infection 
- Minimises future health risks such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, tooth decay and anaemia 

Your child should be eating foods which are high in fruit and vegetables - Dark coloured vegetables, spinach, broccoli, beans and oranges are great for concentration and memory. Starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, pasta are great for energy and memory. Milk and dairy foods such as yoghurt and cheese are great for motivation and concentration. Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other sources of protein are great for strength and learning. 

Does your child have a healthy diet? I have to say that Amelia does 95% of the time, she will have the odd chip off our plate and a few quavers or a milky bar but I do think she eats healthy the rest of the time.

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  1. Excellent information to share.

  2. Fantastic post!! I agree, especially regarding the food additives. Sugar and processed foods have been linked repeatedly to illness, disease, and also ADD. Our family is quasi vegetarian ( we eat seafood still) and eating this way has really helped our daughter. Many kids also struggle with constipation due to consuming a lot of chips and fried foods so we try to get a lot of fruit in her diet. I highly recommend the Whole Pantry app ( just reviewed it on my site) as it has really easy kid friendly recipes made from whole foods.

  3. A great informative post. Thanks Kerry! That food looks really good too!

  4. Fantastic post, the only little thing I'd have to disagree with would be the inclusion of low-fat milk for a toddler. The fats that are in full fat dairy products are not bad for a toddler. A toddler is constantly running so there would be no reason to give them low fat milk. If they have a healthy diet, which Amelia really does there would be no reason to lower their calorie consumption by the introduction of low-fat dairy products. Plus full fat milk has higher omega 3 levels than it's low fat counter part.

  5. Really interesting post, my daughter is two and has started with tantrums and my son is four and suffers with constipation-I am definitely going to review their diets and hopefully that will help. Really happy to have come across your blog, lots of great posts! Thank you, Tracy x

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I love reading them all and will try my best to answer all of your questions. If you would like to contact me for a quicker response please feel free to tweet me at (@ohsoamelia_blog) or email me. Kerry