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Balanced meals aid children’s social interactions

According to researchers in Germany, what we eat has a lot to do with how we interact socially. For instance, a breakfast loaded with refined carbohydrates and few proteins was found to increase “social punishment behavior.”

This new insight into the relationship of diet to behavior also highlights the importance of a well-balanced meal for school-age children. It’s why healthy food efforts, such as Michelle Obama’s Healthy School Lunch program, which promotes meals that are low-carbohydrate, high-protein and contain more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk products and less sodium and fat, should be championed, not challenged. Healthy, balanced meals are a good way to help kids achieve productive social interactions, avoid conflicts and display what the researchers called “fundamental expressions of cognition.”

So, if you want your kids and you to have more positive social and cognitive interactions, ditch the wild brunch and go with the balanced lunch.

Children and drugs

This is scary: The U.S. poison control centers get a call every 24 minutes regarding a child’s overexposure to not only illicit drugs – although they get plenty of those – but also dietary supplements. A new study reveals that 70 percent of those calls are about kids 6 and younger accidentally ingesting a supplement, most often energy products and yohimbe.

Yohimbe is available as a standardized prescription drug for erectile dysfunction, and that’s a different product than over-the-counter yohimbe, which claims to boost performance, aid weight loss and cure high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy and impotence.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, yohimbe is associated with heart attacks, arrhythmia and hypertension, stomach problems, anxiety and seizures. So …

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