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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Feed your child's mind by feeding their stomach.

What's on the breakfast table can make a major impact on test results, experts say.

Follow these tips to enhance TCAP success:

*Breakfast is essential. Neglecting to eat this meal sets a child up for problems with attention and behavior throughout the rest of the day. Ideal breakfast foods provide a mix of protein and complex carbohydrates which are digested slowly. It is best to avoid high sugar breakfast foods, since they can cause a midmorning crash in energy.

*Choline is a member of the B complex vitamin family that is mostly found in eggs, nuts, and peanut butter. Choline plays an important role in learning and memory as new research has shown that choline may aid in memory cell production throughout childhood.

*Whole grain or high fiber foods are believed to aide in increased memory function because they provide steady energy for the brain, as well as some protein. Oatmeal eaters performed better on memory tasks, according to a study by Tufts University.

*Antioxidants found in fruits such as strawberries and blueberries help boost cognitive functioning. They also provide a good energy source for the body, and make for quick and easy snacks.

*B vitamins such as folate that are found in whole wheat foods such as breads and crackers have been shown to improve alertness. Orange juice is also a good source of folate.

*Water is essential to maintain normal body functioning and, most importantly, to prevent dehydration. Surprisingly, most children do not drink enough water throughout the day, and even mild dehydration can lead to irritability, fatigue, and headaches, all of which can be distracting.