‘Brain food’ is real. Here’s what to feed your kids to help their gray matter grow

Boost your child’s brain development with these expert-approved foods.

Everybody’s heard that eating carrots can help improve eyesight, or that calcium-rich milk is good for your teeth and bones. But what about the brain?

“From a neuroscientist’s perspective, food is really fundamentally important for brain health, because our brains literally run on nutrients,” says Lisa Mosconi, director of the Weill Cornell Women’s Brain Initiative and author of Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power.

Brains need different nutrients as they age, and early childhood is a particularly critical time for brain growth, development, and health.

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