It was found that children who have eaten the food with a high content of saturated fat and cholesterol, the reaction time was increased and bad work memory.
Fat intake could lower the speed of the brain, warn scientists at the University of Illinois.
In the study, experts gave 150 children aged 7 to 10 years old game that was designed to test cognitive flexibility, the ability to switch attention, select information and change response strategy to meet the changing demands of the task.
As it turned out, the children, eat fatty foods, showed worse outcome than those who prefer healthy food.
Experts noted that the child is very important for cognitive flexibility, as it allows you to quickly switch attention and respond quickly to changes in everyday life.
Preliminary data are preserved after correlation performed according to age, sex, level of IQ, weight and social status of the participants in the experiment.
Scientists suggest that cognitive flexibility plays a huge role for the man. It provides the ability to switch attention in everyday life, for example, allows you to look at the problem from the point of view of others.
In addition, a large intake of cholesterol is associated with an impaired ability to support multiple tasks in working memory.
In this regard, experts recommend that parents should monitor their children proper nutrition and control the amount of carbohydrates and fats in their diet.