- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
Kenyan women can increase their children’s’ IQ while they are still pregnant by eating seven severing of fruits daily as research has found that they contain nutrients that help in the function of the nervous system boosting brain function.
“We analyzed data of 688 children from Edmonton, Canada and controlled for parameters that would typically influence learning and growth. These factors include family income, parental educational attainment and the child's gestational age. The results showed that the IQ of children whose mothers ate six or seven servings of fruit or fruit juice daily while pregnant ranked six or seven points higher on the developmental tests,” read a 2016 research report by the University of Alberta, Canada.
Fruits such as bananas were found to be quite effective in IQ boosting because they are rich in magnesium which is an essential mineral in the transmission of nervous impulses. Bananas are also a source of Vitamin B6 which is not only involved in the assimilation of magnesium, but also in the metabolism of amino acids and the functioning of the nervous system.
Not only that; eating a large amount of fruits also associated with improving health and the reduction of lifestyle diseases.
In Kenya however, 2016, the ministry of Health in 2016 found that only 2.5m people consume the recommended amount of fruits which the ministry says has led to a great increase in lifestyle diseases.
“Thirteen per cent of Kenyans are now obese, the majority being women. They suggested that this is due to lifestyle patterns and diet, with more people eating diets high in carbohydrates and sugar, with not enough fruit and vegetables,” read the report.
In tackling this, the World Health Organization recommends eating at least five portions or 400g of fruits and non-starchy vegetables every day. They suggest always including vegetables in meals, choosing fruit and vegetables as snacks, and eating a variety of different fruits and vegetables, particularly those which are in season.