Breast milk reveals a correlation between dietary fats and academic success

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You are what you eat, the saying goes, and now a study suggests that the oft-repeated adage applies not just to physical health, but to brain power as well. Researchers compared the fatty acid profiles of breast milk from women in over two dozen countries with how well children from those same countries performed on academic tests.

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SCIENCE DAILYBreast milk reveals a correlation between dietary fats and academic successDate: September 11, 2014Source:University of California - Santa BarbaraSummary:You are what you eat, the saying goes, and now a study suggests that the oft-repeated adage applies not just to physical health, but to brain power as well. Researchers compared the fatty acid profiles of breast milk from women in over two dozen countries with how well children from those same countries performed on academic tests. Their findings show that the amount of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a mother's milk is the strongest predictor of test performance. It outweighs national income and the number of dollars spent per pupil in schools.The amount of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a mothers milk fats found primarily in certain fish, nuts and seeds is the strongest predictor of test performance. It outweighs national income and the number of dollars spent per pupil in schools, researchers say.Credit: Ermolaev Alexandr / FotoliaYou are what you eat, the saying goes, and now a study conducted by researchers at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that the oft-repeated adage applies not just to physical health but to brain power as well.In a paper published in the early online edition of the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, the researchers compared the fatty acid profi

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