EATING and READING!
ARE READING AND EATING CONNECTED? How can reading possibly connect to eating you ask?
I had this exact conversation recently with a food service manager and publisher. We both concurred that school lunches in the United States need to be more nutritious to support academic success. We both, being of the baby-boom era, remembered how our school lunches were more balanced nutritionally, tastier, and were enjoyed and not just tossed in the trash can as is done with so many school lunches today!
When your child is hungry do you hand them a processed food snack or rely on a fast-food drive through?
“Researchers have found that the more frequently fifth grade children reported eating fast-food, the lower their growth in READING, math, and science test scores by the time they reached eighth grade!.” http://bit.ly/1pwIvIY
“This study does not rule out fast-food altogether however. The results of the study suggest that fast-food consumption should be limited as much as possible. This, and many other studies, have shown that fast-food and many school lunches lack certain nutrients, especially iron, that help cognitive development. In addition, diets high in fat and sugar and salt—similar to fast-food meals—have been shown to hurt immediate memory and learning processes.”
Multiple studies have evidence to support that fast-food consumption is linked to childhood obesity.
As a reading specialist I have observed connections to reading discrepancies and the kinds of snacks, and the lack of nutritious breakfast and lunches, of the students who came into my reading intervention sessions. A most popular snack was, and eventually was banished by me, were the ‘fiery cheetoes”! Nothing but salt and sugar! Such an interference to their ability to focus and comprehend! If you struggle to focus, your ability to achieve the prize to reading, which is comprehension, is harder to accomplish.
SO, WHAT IS IN YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL LUNCH? I thought it would be interesting to Google school lunches from other countries. Here are some samples of what I found. There is much less fried and processed offerings. High calorie to meet the needs of a growing child for learning, but with less harmful fat and sugar. Protein, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, with no sugary desserts. Looks like winning combinations.
United States: Fried “popcorn” chicken, mashed potatoes,
peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie.
Brazil: Pork with mixed veggies, black beans
and rice, salad, bread and baked plantains
Italy: Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with
tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette and some grapes.
Finland: Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread
and pannakkau (dessert pancake) with fresh berries.
FINLAND HAS THE HIGHEST LITERACY RATE IN THE WORLD.
South Korea: Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi and
So, can you conclude that what you eat impacts how well you read? YOU BETCHA!! Good nutrition begins at birth at home.
EAT TO READ and READ TO EAT!
Here are some websites that can help you provide nutritious foods.
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