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Parents Overestimate Children's Diets as Healthy
Date:7/4/2010

on of processed foods, and limiting time spent watching television or surfing the internet, we might see rates of childhood obesity start to decline – and rates of learning problems would likely decrease too,” Dr Bailey commented.

In recent years, many studies have demonstrated the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in children’s diets – particularly so in relation to learning and development. The UK Food Standards agency is reviewing the possibility of introducing an RDA, since these good fats are so essential for our health. Yet, when parents were asked about fish consumption in the recent survey, there was a clear trend in consumption of white fish such as cod, or perhaps canned tuna – both of which do not provide essential brain-boosting omega-3 fats. At the same time, only 5-8% of parents reported giving their children omega-3 fish oil supplements, suggesting that children in the UK aren’t receiving sufficient amounts of these nutrients.
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, are known to have an important role in the brain, as well as heart health, immunity, inflammatory response, and many other physiological functions. Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential for maintaining healthy cell membranes, which helps with the transmission of messages between neurons in the brain – in other words aiding brain function. Simply put, these fats are vital for good health, at any age.
When there’s a shortage in the body of important omega-3 fatty acids, brain cell communication is disrupted which, in the case of the dopamine pathway (the neurotransmitter implicated in ADHD for example, and the basis for which the drug Ritalin has been formulated) this
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