The researchers were testing whether an improved diet (increased nutritional density, high fiber, low sugar, and low nutrient empty foods), would increase the students academic performance. The data was collected from scores of standardized tests, the results of the data showed a statistically significant increase in the test scores, which in turn validated the hypothesis of the research study — that an improved diet would improve academic performance. In the book “Eating for as,” Schauss and his collaborators developed an eating program that parents could follow in order to improve their own childrens performance, both in academics and athletics. Inherent in the paradigm of the authors approach to designing the book, is the conceptualization that diets of children are sub-par.
Schauss et al. posit that through following a 12-week program of dietary changes, families can help their children reach those valued societal ideals of high academic achievement, and improved athletic performance.
The program that Schauss and his colleagues designed, is meant to offer the nutrients that are otherwise lacking in a modern diet, in order for children to achieve their personal best. Cornerstones of this program lay in the enrichment of the brain by daily consumption of “learning nutrients.” These nutrients include vitamins a, c, b1, b2, b3, b6, niacin, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and folic acid. The key in creating the diet, is to phase out processed foods and foods high in sugar, as well as those of low nutrient density like white flour, and instead offer foods that are fresh, unprocessed, and nutrient dense.
Through the program, which begins with a “week 1” and goes through a full 12 weeks, the authors.