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Can toddlers’ diets influence cognitive development?

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There is a widespread assumption that what children consume in the early years has an effect on their cognitive development, but beyond the well-documented benefits of breast-milk, there are surprisingly few hard data. Long-term outcomes at age 10 are reported in a prospective cohort study from Western Australia (Nyaradi et al. Acta Paed 2013;102:1165–73). The Raine study recruited women antenatally for what was originally an investigation into the effects of repeated ultrasound scans, but the cohort data gathered proved invaluable for this very different purpose. The investigators developed an Eating Assessment in Toddlers (EAT) …

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