Animal-sourced foods for improved cognitive development

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URL: https://academic.oup.com/af/article/9/4/50/5575468

Journal: Animal Frontiers

Publication Date: 9/2019

Summary: Animal-sourced foods are the best source of nutrient-rich foods for children aged 6 to 23 mo according to the World Health Organization. Studies on the role of animal-sourced foods on cognitive functions are limited, but consistently show compelling benefits. Animal-sourced food consumption can positively contribute to school performance in children, lifelong achievement, economic productivity, and social and community outcomes. More large-scale randomized controlled longitudinal studies are required to fully understand the link between consumption of animal-sourced foods and cognitive development. Improving production of animal-sourced foods does not guarantee increased consumption by children. Complex health, gender, cultural, financial, and religious barriers limit the consumption of animal-sourced food by children, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. To increase consumption of animal-source food by vulnerable children, affordability, acceptance, and access must be increased.

Key Takeaways

Animal foods are crucial for the childhood development especially in first two years of life. Consumption of adequate animal foods during early childhood leads to better cognitive development, higher school performance, better lifelong achievement, and better social outcomes.

Feed Your Children Animal Foods So They Grow Up Smart Strong And Healthy

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