As an adult, when I don’t eat I get a little grumpy. And if I eat something that doesn’t have much nutritional value, I may not pay attention to how it affects my body, attitude, and behavior. Usually, it’s nothing major.
With children it’s different.
About 40 percent of children go to school without having breakfast. The saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” stands true, at least in my book. Children who eat breakfast before their day starts at school are more inclined to perform better than children who don’t. A healthy breakfast guarantees improved attention and better concentration. Just think about the children who aren’t eating breakfast before school.
Academic performance isn’t the only influence food intake has on children. Behavior can also be affected. There are certain foods that aid in mood and behavioral changes within a child. Artificial coloring, dairy, sugar, and preservatives all have a negative impact on a child’s mood and behavior. These ingredients can be found in foods that are more affordable and are often found in poverty stricken areas. It is harder to eat healthy when you don’t have the funds to purchase a better choice.
So, we have a dilemma. Do you send your kids to school without eating breakfast affecting their academic performance, or do you give them something to have on their stomachs that lack nutritional threatening their mood and behavior?
By Kendra Key