Fast food is caloric dense (no micronutrients), and we know it’s not beneficial. You can’t hide from these food chains, because they are all over TV and on road side billboards. Fast food chains even use comedians like Darrell Hammond or Norm MacDonald to sell fried chicken. Fast food is convenient. You can get it in a jiffy. Also, it’s an easy snack or dinner for your kids. It’s not a problem until the amount exceeds home cooked food. If this food accumulates in your child’s diet, it could negatively impact school performance.
I’m not talking about metabolic syndrome or all the unnatural ingredients in fast foods. I’m revealing the possible negative neurologic or brain based effects associated with fast foods. There are many studies that correlate fast food and low test scores. One particular study involving 12,000 5th graders, showed that kids who consumed high amounts of fast food (4 to 6 times over 7 days or longer) had significantly lower scores on reading and math tests. This study included factors of teacher experience, school poverty level, and school urbanicity to quantify study conclusions. This is scary considering over 1/3 of our children and adolescent population eat fast food every day. From a convenience standpoint, the best way is to plan meals and snacks ahead. I’ve started to cook a lot on Sunday in order to get healthy meals during the week. Now, let’s hope my productivity increases as a result.
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