As it turns out, 3-year-old children who consume a diet high in processed foods are more likely to have a lower IQ by the age of 8 when compared to children who eat either a traditional meat and potatoes diet, or a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, salads, rice and pasta. A recent study tracked almost 4,000 children from age 3 to age 8 ½ to determine effects on IQ of different dietary patterns. Findings in this study reflect those of other dietary studies in children that link behavior and school performance with dietary factors.

So this week, if you know a toddler, begin sharing healthy foods with the child. The brain develops most rapidly during the first three years of life. If you can instill good eating habits at this early age, just imagine the possibilities!