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Prenatal and Childhood Nutrition
Evaluating the Neurocognitive Connections

Edited By

Cindy Croft

ISBN 9781774632413
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
448 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Nutrition is not only a basic need that all humans have to sustain life, but it is also critical to successful early development. This research compendium lends deeper insights into the links between nutrition and healthy brain function—and from the reverse perspective, between nutrition and neurocognitive disorders. This well-organized and accessible compendium offers a vital research context for policymakers, educators, medical providers, and families. It underlines our urgent responsibility to give children a strong start by improving prenatal and early childhood nutrition.

Table of Contents


Nutritional Influences on Human Neurocognitive Functioning

Dietary Patterns in Pregnancy and Effects on Nutrient Intake in the Mid-South: The Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood (CANDLE) Study

The Role of Nutrition in Children's Neurocognitive Development, from Pregnancy Through Childhood
Nutrition and Brain Development in Early Life. Genomic and Epigenomic Insights into Nutrition and Brain Disorders

Nutrition as an Important Mediator of the Impact of Background Variables on Outcome in Middle Childhood

Mild Iodine Deficiency During Pregnancy is Associated with Reduced Educational Outcomes in the Offspring: 9-Year Follow-up of the Gestational Iodine Cohort


Dietary Patterns in Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Dietary Intake and Plasma Levels of Choline and Betaine in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Association Between Psychiatric Disorders and Iron Deficiency Anemia Among Children and Adolescents: A Nationwide Population-Based Study

Vitamin D Deficiency and Psychotic Features in Mentally Ill Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study


The Effects of Breakfast on Behavior and Academic Performance in Children and Adolescents

Dietary Levels of Pure Flavonoids Improve Spatial Memory Performance and Increase Hippocampal Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor

Camel Milk as a Potential Therapy as an Antioxidant in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Issues in the Timing of Integrated Early Interventions: Contributions from Nutrition, Neuroscience, and Psychological Research

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Edited by

Cindy Croft, MA, is director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and in the early childhood program at Concordia University. She has authored two books, The Six Keys: Promoting Children’s Mental Health and Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work and she provides training and consultation to educators of children with various disabilities. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Early Childhood and School-Age Trainers Association, the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, and the Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Division.


"A very interesting text reviewing the influence of nutrition on the CNS system.

It is divided into 3 parts:

1. Nutrition and neurocognitive development (7 chapters) incl. one on nutrition and brain development in early life

2. Nutrition in children with special needs (4 chapters) incl. one on children with autism

3. Nutritional interventions for improved cognitive function (4 chapters) incl. one on the effects of breakfast

For pediatricians, nutritionists and pediatric neurologists."

—Pediatric Endrocrinology Reviews (PER), Vol. 14, No. 3, March