Children Who Eat Lunch Score 18 Percent Higher in Reading Tests

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[Source: Science Daily]

The powerful connection between nutrition and education has been revealed by new research from ESMT Berlin. Primary school children who attended a public free lunch program over an extended period were shown to have significantly better learning outcomes.

Professors Rajshri Jayaraman from ESMT Berlin and Tanika Chakraborty from the Indian Institute of Technology studied the effects of India’s midday meal scheme, the world’s largest free school lunch program, feeding over 120 million children every day.

“The effect of nutrition appears to be cumulative, seen over time,” says Professor Jayaraman. “Previous studies have varied between two weeks and two years, and failed to capture the important impact — our research shows that the real benefit of school lunches was seen in children exposed for two to five years.”

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