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How does the consumption of fruits and vegetables may help the school performance of children and adolescents?

Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that give children and adolescents the fuel they need for a healthy mind and body. The vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables keep the body functioning efficiently. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables each day is the best recipe to keep children, adolescents growing healthy. There has been a great deal of research done on the cognitive abilities of fruits and vegetables. However, there has not been a sufficient amount of trials to determine if one specific fruit or vegetable increases performance in school. Eating fruits and vegetables keeps your children happy and healthy which in the end increases their abilities in school. Remember to eat breakfast each morning to increase their cognition and mood during the school day.  
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