Childhood Nutrition Pays Off

A study done years ago – beginning in 1969 and lasting for 8 years has recently proved that good nutrition in early childhood pays dividends in adulthood. This 8 year study showed that a nutritious, sweetened porridge, rich in protein given to hundreds of people, young and old, in 4 northeast Guatemalan villages was extremely beneficial while others in the

study received only a sweetened beverage with no nutrients and showed no benefits.

Recently, over 3 decades later, testing was done on the children that were 2-3 years of age in 1969 that received the protein nutritious porridge. Significant benefits included:

  • when tested as adults they scored higher as if they had attended an additional year of school
  • Girls also had better results and averaged as if they had an extra year of schooling.
  • Boys that received the protein drink averaged 46% more in hourly earning as adults.
  • The ones eating the protein rich porridge averaged almost an inch more in height

In the short term differences weren’t as noticeable but as adults it has been shown that early childhood nutrition pays big dividends later in life. To learn more you can read the full article online at: http://in.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleID=INN0240678520080707

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