Kids nutrition is based on the same principles as per adults, they need all types of nutrients – such as carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals and water.
Good foods are vital for kids’ performance. However, most foods available to kids today are actually affecting their abilities to learn.
Many foods are low in nutritional values and are loaded with sugars, fats, salts and additives, leaving kids feeling tired, unfocused, and get sick easily. These will not only impact their performance, but also influence their emotion and behaviour.
Food that contains high fats and sugars will cause kids lack of energy and focus. Studies reveal that diets with high levels of saturated fats and sugars will impair learning and memory ability. Fried foods such as nuggets, burgers and sugary desserts such as sweets, refined breads, ice creams and soda drinks and sweets can lower brain power.
Childhood malnutrition is another factor that affects kids learning ability. Kids may be getting a great deal of calories, but lacking sufficient essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy growth. This will lead to detrimental effects on growth, maturation and cognitive development.
Kids with malnutrition are reported to have more problems with health, academic learning, and psychosocial behaviour. Malnutrition can result in long-term issues in the brain, which can impact their emotional responses, reaction to stress, learning abilities and other health issues.