It’s no big secret: sugary junk food can make our kids bounce of the walls. But how does it affect their relationships with other kids? Their ability to work as part of a team? A group of 5-9 year old kids in Britain have the answer for us in this simple experiment that had them attending two very different parties.
Party One offered healthy snacks of apple slices, carrot sticks, sandwiches, hummus and water to drink.
Party Two offered not so healthy (but fairly standard) party food including sweets, potato chips, and soda.
After eating, both groups played the same games, and with researchers and parents on hand to observe, the FUN began.
Admittedly, research and data can be, well, boring… but not so when collected into a nice 5-6 min video!!! Check out the results for yourself; the differences in these two groups of kids as the parties unfold is remarkable. Playing games. Putting together puzzles. Running around, playing with balloons, etc. Look at the incidents of physical aggression and hyperactivity measured by researchers at these two parties. VASTLY different and yes, as expected, far more common in the Party Food Group (dark blue) than the Healthy Food Group (light blue).
In the end, the Healthy Food Group did 48% better in the games overall. That’s huge.
The question in the end comes back to us, the moms and dads and schools and caregivers.
How we are setting our kids up to win, or not?
How are the foods we give our kids preparing them to learn, grow, question, create, participate AND play with friends? How different might a pop-tart-in-the-car sort of morning be than a hot-bowl-of-oatmeal-with-bananas-on-top-at-home sort of morning?
What is your experience with various foods and your kids behavior? How do you keep things in perspective, avoiding the far too easy to fall in and bottomless pit of mama-guilt (that truly serves no-one) when it comes to this issue? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
When we follow our bliss, tune in and trust, anything and everything is possible. I hope you walk with me and other moms here because everything is BETTER when we are holding hands. Let’s share on twitter, facebook and pinterest too because the manual is ours to write but we don’t have to write it alone!!!