Food for Thought: Giving your children more omega-3 fatty acids

Health

Most parents will say eating sugar negatively impacts their children’s behavior. But there are foods that can improve a child’s behavior.

A study at the University of Pennsylvania shows omega-3 fats can improve the behavior of children who tend to be criminal or anti-social.

The researchers gave children ages 8 to 16 supplements of omega-3 fats for 6 months. During that time, the number of emotional outbursts and emotional problems decreased. Researchers say the brain is the fattiest organ in the body, at least 60 percent fat. Eating healthy fats is critical to the brain’s function and well being. 

Good food sources of omega-3 fats are fish and other seafood, walnuts, chia and flax seeds, also plant oils like non GMO canola and soybean oil.

So, if you have children with behavior issues, consider changing the foods you feed them to include more omega-3 fats.

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