Nutrition’s Effect on Behavior

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

da da da da da- I'm Lovin It!gleaned from the April 2006 issue of the Ecologist:

Over 1000 juvenile deliquents showed a 44% drop in anti-social behaviour when put on a low sugar diet. So why is the government completely ignoring what we are feeding our children?

The supplements given in this study provided little more than the [RDA] of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids; they were not the mega-doses often used in nutritional studies. Yet the results were staggering. Prisoners given supplements for four consecutive months committed an average of 26 per cent fewer violations compared to the preceding period. For serious breaches of conduct, particularly the use of violence, the number of violations decreased 37 per cent. Those given placebos showed no marked change in behavior.

Link to the Ecologist article.


posted June 1st, 2006 at 12:04 am

Hey, sugar is cheap, thanks to the MASSIVE subsidies America’s corn-growers recieve. Corn syrup here, corn syrup there, and soon, corn-produced ethanol fuel for your car, leading to (guess what?) MORE subsidization of the corn industry!

I love farmers, but if you’re depending on these kinds of takes, I’m not “jiggy” with it.

  • Oooo I agree! Michael Pollan’s writings have really helped me understand the corn tie-ins. Seeing those “Go Green” ads about corn ethanol really get me every time!


posted June 1st, 2006 at 4:25 am

Hi McAuliflower, Thanks for the info I absolutely believe that what we “take in” (any form, food or otherwise)profoundly effects us and those around us. I even have jumped off the sugar bandwagon for an undisclosed period of time. I haven’t noticed any improvement in my maladaptive behavior…But I am sure it is just a matter of time.

  • Its tough playing with how long to wait to see changes too. I have a friend who recently played the game of adjusting her diet to see what physical changes it spurred to try to eliminate headache problems. She amazingly found some success in her first elimination trials- that freshly baked yeasted products cause her headaches (but day old products are fine). She’s a much better suited person now because of this discovery. Additionally, a friend with MS has had minor successes with the elimination of gluten in her diet and its affect on her ratio of good to bad days.

    Where I work, we are aware of how diets of adults affect the development of offspring, not yet conceived. Its pretty amazing, and yet also makes intuitive sense when one contemplates the intimate relationship our bodies have with food intake (boy- that was kind of a ‘duh’ statement!).


posted June 1st, 2006 at 5:52 am

The numbers on crime are astounding! Did the magazine provide a source for the study?

  • Unfortunatley they haven’t exactly footnoted their article with that info Kevin. However, their are a couple other juicy tidbits (microwave designed plastic containers giving off diabetes causing compounds!) in that issue that I also want source info on, so i think I’ll contact the editors and poke them about that.


posted June 1st, 2006 at 8:25 am

Have you seen Jamie Oliver’s feed-us-well campaign? He successfully got parliment to shell out big bucks to overhall public school kitchens/food services in Britain. I think it’s an amazing and important idea.

On a less nutritious note, I am dying for the recipe for the peanut butter chocolate things you showed in your last post. ;) Hope you find it!! :)

  • The Jamie Oliver school meal action has been pretty amazing. Wondering when the US is going to demand better too.

    And yeah- hope to refind the recipe!


posted June 1st, 2006 at 6:59 pm

I agree completely. Too much sugar just causes trouble in kids but it’s too easy to get ahold of. Pack the kids lunches!

I’ve seen Jamie Oliver’s show
It’s GREAT. I want him to come here and help us out! :)
Did you see his daughter.. she’s just too cute


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