THE EFFECT OF NUTRITION THERAPY : BANANA FRUIT ON SHORT TERM MEMORY IN 10-12 YEARS OLD CHILDREN AT SDN 3 GRENDENG PURWOKERTO

Nurmala Sari1 Eko Winarto2 Sobihin3

 ABSTRACT

 Background: The short term memory is a temporary storage items accepted in a short time. An adult usually can remember until 7 digits numbers in short time, but 10-12 years old children usually can remember until 3 digits. Increasing the ability of short term memory can be done by many ways, for example by giving foods that contain enough sugar for body, such as bananas. Fruit sugar in banana is fructose which has a lower glycemic index than glucose.

Objective: To know the effect of banana therapy toward short term memory in 10-12 years old children at SDN 3 Grendeng Purwokerto

Method: This study is a quasi experiment with non probability sampling pretest-posttest with control group design. The method of sampling was a purposive sampling with the amount of 18 treatment group and 18 control groups. Analysis used in this study was the pair t test and non pair t test statistic test.

Result: The result of statistical analysis  with  pair t test  in treatment  groupgot the p value= 0,000 and in control group p value = 0,602. The statistical analysis result with non pair t testgot p value = 0,006.

Conclusion: banana fruit can increase the short term memory in 10-12 years old children at SDN 3 Grendeng Purwokerto

 Keywords: nutrition therapy, banana, short term memory, children

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