Do African, Asian, and other immigrants tend to get top grades because of their healthy diets giving them an academic advantage?


Traditional meals for such groups include many veggies, fruits and etc. is this why they appear smarter than the average American child who eats junk food way more often? Many top schools have rich white kids who grew up with many advantages, while most of the poor appear to be from immigeant families. Even with all their disadvantages, does cutting out sugar and eating say, more dark leafy greens than pizza lead to better grades? Just curious, because the narrative now is about how certain races are naturally “smarter” or less smart when I’m seeing other factors be at play

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  • No it's not because of that. It's because the culture is different. A lot of immigrants are raised in a family where they will be socially shamed by their peers or family if they don't do good. This makes them try harder and work more. That and they see their parents do the same thing. This leads to them becoming more smarter and doing better. This in turn mean that they are more likely to make better choices in other areas such as their diet.

    America is different in that way since they are told that to be successful you need to be rich and famous. So emphasis isn't put on doing good in school. They are taught in order to be successful you have to be lucky or rely on other traits such as looks, style, charm etc. This doesn't drive people to better themselves. Then there is the fact there are a lot of single parent families so they grow up without the guidance of watching their parents making good choices. So they aren't as well educated and in turn make bad decisions such as a poor diet. It also has to do with junk food being so overly produced there that it is so cheap. Cheaper then actually good food. Soda shouldn't cost less than water. Candy and chips shouldn't cost less than fruit and vegetables. But they do. That and a lot of American don't understand nutritional values and can't tell the difference between what is good for them and what isn't. So bad choices are made.

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  • Nope, they are just smarter.

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    • Cop out to justify laziness and bad diets

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  • No credible source is saying some races are smarter because of race or diet. You're seeing a correlation, and correlation doesn't equal causation.

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  • No. Meats like fish, beef, or high protein nuts do more for brain development than fruits or vegetables. The top 30 smartest animals all eat meat.

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  • Immigrants get top grades cuz their parents are hard on them because they want them to succeed in this new country. This is common sense

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  • Immigrants tend to get better grades because they have better parenting.
    Immigrants are usually more accomplished than the average person because they already have the skill and dedication that allowed them to leave their country of origin to begin with.

    Nutrition doesn't really have much to do with it, especially not "dark greens".
    Meat is the most important source of nutrition for brain development, with b12, the animal exclusive vitamin, being linked to the healthy function of brain and the nervous system.

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  • Not reeally

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    • Then why are the smartest people I know the ones who eat the healthiest?

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