Healh Watch -- Back to School: Feed the Brain

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting kids ready to go back to school so they’re all set to learn. Previously, we talked about the importance of getting enough sleep. The right kinds of foods will also help the brain work at its best.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says foods rich in iron, zinc, niacin, thiamin and vitamins B6 and B12 will help the brain function, so you’ll have better concentration and alertness. You’ll find these nutrients in beef, fish, poultry, leafy vegetables, whole grains, milk, eggs, beans, nuts, cereals, bananas and tomatoes, among other foods. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, are also good for the brain. In general, eating a balanced, nutritious diet will give the brain the fuel it needs to work at its best. Keep this in mind when planning school-day meals.


August 2007

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