We’ve all heard that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, but what they eat is also important. A recent study showed that adolescents with a high folate intake received better grades. Folate is a B vitamin that plays a vital role in cell production and nerve function, both of which are key to mental performance.
In a study of 386 15-year-old Swedish students, plasma levels of folate were compared to their school grades in 10 subjects over a nine-year period. After also looking at lifestyle data collected via questionnaires, researchers noted a correlation between high folate intake and high grades.
So what foods contain this essential B vitamin? Here are 10 great sources of folate:
- Leafy greens like spinach, collards and kale
- Beans — try garbanzo, black beans or pinto beans
- Calf’s liver
Finding ways to incorporate these foods into your kid’s lunch may help them get ahead in school. And who knows — it couldn’t hurt to add a few of these folate-rich foods to your own brown-bag lunch, too, especially if you plan on having more children.