If you’re a child between 6 and 8 and are learning to read, a healthy diet may be a key to greater reading success according to a study. Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland tracked children’s reading progress from grades 1 to 3; according to a study published in the September 2016 European Journal of Nutrition, they found that those who had a better diet had more advanced skills.
The researchers compared the diets of 161 children to the Mediterranean diet, the Baltic Sea diet, and the Finnish healthy diet recommendations. Children’s diets who closely matched one of these plans displayed higher reading comprehension and skills development over a 3 year period.
While there is undoubtedly much additional research needed to describe exactly how the diets impact reading comprehension and fluency, it seems evident that a child’s nutrition may be linked to their educational development.