In Australia, they determined that children that consumed vegetables nightly scored higher on their NAPLAN test (a national academic assessment tool). A professor from the school of health sciences at University of Newcastle, Tracy Burrows suggests that this diet/academic connection should be further studied.
We have heard of the impact of eating breakfast on our child’s school performance so its not surprising that our food intake the rest of the day would have an impact too. The study included 4200 students and veggies were not the only foods they studied. Children that consumed two pieces of fruit achieved higher writing scores than students who only consumed fruit three to four times per week. Not surprisingly, sugar sweetened beverages (like sodas, fruit juice and sports drinks) were associated with lower test scores. So instead of getting stressed about the upcoming test, give your kid an apple, or a carrot, or better yet…a kiwi!