GP 4.0 Miscellaneous Facts

  1. Theo Colburn’s book, Our Stolen Future (1996) expressed concerns for the effect on our children of toxins that they are exposed to that may affect the endocrine and hormonal systems.
  2. In 2001, 69.8% of women with children at home (regardless of age) and 65.8% of women with children under 2 years of age participated in the labour force.
  3. The majority of two parent families, both parents work. That places great pressures on the parents with regard to meal selection and preparation.
  4. Breakfast and learning. An updated review. J.M. Murphy. Journal of Current Nutrition and Food Sciences. 3(1):3-36. 2007. Description: over the past five years, significant new evidence has documented the link between eating breakfast and learning. Recent studies show that skipping breakfast is a relatively common among children in the U.S and other industrialized nations as is associated with quantifiable negative consequences for academic, cognitive, health and mental health functioning. When combined with new data on the prevalence and impact of hunger/food insecurity, the preponderance of recent evidence is that lack of optimal nutrition is a problem for millions of U.S. students and that increased breakfast eating could be part of a solution.
  5. Conclusion – There is evidence that a poor diet associated with high fat, sugar and processed food content in early childhood may be associated with small reductions in IQ in later childhood, while a healthy diet, associated with high intakes of nutrient rich foods described at about the time of IQ assessment may be associated with small increases in IQ.
  6. Studies have shown that children who receive proper nutrition are healthier and have a higher level of performance and achievement. (Ivanovic, D., February, 1993)
  7. A nutritional study was supposedly carried out with under privileged inner city school children wherein, those who received nutritional supplements, improved their academic performance over those that did not receive.
  8. Question: Mulitvitamin/Mineral supplements does not affect standardized assessment of academic performance in elementary school children. A. I. Perlman, et al Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 110(7):1089-1093. 2010.  Research Outcome: Description: Limited research suggests that micronutrient supplementation may have a positive effect on the academic performance and behaviour of school-aged children.

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