Could We Get More Productivity at Work if Our Employees Ate Better?

by Frank Roche on March 25, 2011

in Wellness

We are what we eat.

We can augment that to say, “We behave like what we eat.” Diet affects behavior.

In an article in Civil Eats titled ADHD: It’s the Food, Stupid, author Kristin Wartman writes, “[A] new study reported in The Lancet last month found that with a restricted diet alone, many children experienced a significant reduction in symptoms.”

The Impact of Nutrition on Children with ADHD study she’s referring to said this: “A strictly supervised restricted elimination diet is a valuable instrument to assess whether ADHD is induced by food.” Which makes me wonder if there’s merit to thinking about increasing productivity based on the foods our employees eat.

I’m not proposing that we go all Frankenstein and start going crazy with demanding our employees eat a certain diet. But it makes me wonder with all the wellness talk out there if there’s something to reducing distractions and increasing employee effectiveness through healthier eating. After all, when do you do better work, after eating a cup of soup or after eating a cupcake?

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