Where is the border line between permissive diet and poor nutrition?


At this stage, we already know that long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil play an important role in cognitive performance throughout all life phases, from childhood (brain development) to old-age (to defer cognitive decline and prevent age-related eye-diseases).

With respect to childhood and according to some studies, it would seem as if children with low literacy ability and who are malnourished with low omega-3 intakes may benefit most from the consumption of these fatty acids with regard to cognitive outcomes (memory, non-verbal cognitive development, processing speed, visual-perceptive capacity, attention and executive function) and school achievement (for example: reading and spelling).

With respect to diet, we can think “Ok, but this has nothing to do with my children, they eat very well”. But, are we sure they do? Western diet (high in saturated fats, red meats, “empty” carbohydrates and low in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood and poultry) is not, from afar, the best one. How can we balance our children’s diet without constant arguments? Where is the border line between permissive diet and poor nutrition? How can omega-3 supplementation help us?

We hope our posts will help you find your own answers.



Stonehouse W. Does consumption of LC omega-3 PUFA enhance cognitive performance in healthy school-aged children and throughout adulthood? Evidence from clinical trials. Nutrients. 2014 Jul 22;6(7):2730-2758. doi: 10.3390/nu6072730.