Will Easter Eggs make your kids smarter?

With the Easter break fast approaching will scoffing all those chocolate eggs help your children gain brain power?

Or should you be feeding them something much more healthy instead?

See what the latest Economics research has to say …

Feeding very young children a high-energy, high-protein supplement leads to increased educational attainment in adulthood, especially for women, according to a study published in the current issue of the Economic Journal.

Girls who received the supplement, known as atole (the Guatemalan name for porridge), in the first three years of life completed one additional year of schooling than those who received an alternative low-energy supplement. Both men and women who received atole as children achieved higher scores on reading comprehension tests and on non-verbal cognitive tests.

By following the same individuals from childhood to adulthood, this study provides some of the strongest evidence to date of the effects of early childhood nutrition on educational attainment in adulthood.

The research was conducted in Guatemala by the Institute for Nutrition in Central America and Panama, Emory University, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College.

The Economic Journal is published by the Royal Economic Society and each issue features a freely available article and press release style summaries of other pieces of economics research.

Intute: Social Sciences features more Internet resources on the topics of the Economics of Education, the Economics of Food and chocolate – Happy Easter!

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