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By Courtney Van de Weyer

ISBN-10: 1903060400

ISBN-13: 9781903060407

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Because ethically it is not possible to randomise infants and mothers into breastfeeding or formula-fed groups, tests are usually done on children whose mothers have already chosen to bottle feed. 85 •26• Changing Diets, Changing Minds: how food affects mental well being and behaviour Diet, brain development and mental well being throughout the lifecycle Pre-term Infants Infants born prematurely often miss out on the third trimester’s concentration on brain and nervous system development. 87 It has been suggested that being born pre-term may be detrimental to a baby’s later cognitive abilities.

89 General malnutrition The weaning of infants onto solid foods is recommended after four to six months of breast milk, but often occurs earlier. If the replacement foods do not supply the level of macro and micronutrients provided by milk, deficiencies can lead to altered behaviour and cognitive abilities. As the infant grows into early childhood, nutrition remains key to both current and future mental development. Much of the research in this area has focused on severe nutritional deficiencies.

124 The study in a young offenders prison assessed one set of young offenders, supplementing their diets with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, against a control group on an unsupplemented prison diet. The research design ensured that an improved diet was the only variable factor. When complete, the researchers reported significant and remarkable reductions in anti-social behaviour in the supplemented prisoners. Reductions in incidents ranged from minor offences of disobedience to more severe violent acts.

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