Children Nutrition Food and Behavior
Is there a relationship between children nutrition food and
behavior? Let's examine the research indicating the
relationship between children nutrition food and behavior.
- Malnutrition at age 3 results in more hyperactivity and
aggressive behavior in 8 year olds, increased externalizing
problems in 11 year olds and greater motor activity and
conduct disorders in 17 year olds. Lower IQ was associated
with the negative behavior. “Poor nutrition, characterized
by zinc, iron, vitamin B and protein deficiencies, leads to
low IQ, which leads to later antisocial behavior,”... “These
are all nutrients linked to brain development.” - Am J
Psychiatry 161:2005-2013, November 2004
- In a parolee study, Barbara Reed experienced an 85%
success rate, when average success rates by probation
officers were 15%- Food & Behavior, a Natural Connection
Barbara Reed's success indicates, not only that nutrition
food and behavior influence each other, but that the
relation between nutrition food and behavior can be
- Dr. S. Schoenthaler, in a study involving 803 New York
schools, found that removing food additives and improving
children nutrition resulted in huge increases in test
scores, resulting in a 16% rise in academic ranking and
a decrease in learning disabled children from 12% to 5%.
- Improving children nutrition by banning food additives
and replacing junk food snacks by fruit led to an increase
in passing English scores from 23% to 64% at Wolney Junior
school in New Addington, South London, UK- School leaps up
the leagues table by Susie Steiner, The London Times
- Before a Wisconsin high school replaced their cafeteria
processed foods with nutritious fresh whole foods the
students were out of control. Now there are no drop outs,
weapons violations, expulsions and suicides. The new
behavior has lasted for seven years. Another strong
correlation between nutrition food and behavior is found
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- Reading the above article, did you notice mice on a
processed food diet start eating each other? What does
that tell us about the importance of children nutrition
food and behavior?
- A study, which has significance for children nutrition
food and behavior is one in which unborn rats
were deprived of zinc. This led to increased aggression,
impaired learning and decreased brain size.- Nature 257,
221 - 222 (18 September 1975);doi:10.1038/257221a0
- The UK prison trial at Aylesbury jail showed that when
young men were fed multivitamins, minerals and
essential fatty acids, the number of violent offences
they committed in the prison fell by 37%.... As omega-6
goes up, so do homicides in a linear progression.
Industrial societies where omega-3 consumption has
remained high and omega-6 low because people eat fish, such
as Japan, have low rates of murder and depression.
Americans have cell membranes higher in the less flexible
omega-6 fatty acids, which appear to have displaced the
elastic omega-3 fatty acids found in Japanese nerve cells.
- Evidencing the influence of children nutrition on
aggressive behavior is the following information, (which is
a direct bibliographical quote from http://www.hriptc.org/bib_avb.htm):
The correlation between food additive consumption and ADHD
- Werbach, Melvyn: Nutritional influences on aggressive
behavior. J Ortho Med 1995; v.7, no. 1. Evidence is
emerging that iron deficiency among adolescent males has
been shown to be directly associated with aggressive
- Schoenthaler, SJ, Bier ID:The effect of vitamin-mineral
supplementation on juvenile delinquency among American
school children:a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled
trial. J Altern Complement Med 2000; 6(1):7-17. Numerous
studies conducted in juvenile correctional institutions have
reported that violence and serious antisocial behavior have
been dramatically reduced after implementing nutrient dense
- Walsh,W:Zinc deficiency, metal metabolism, and behavioral
disorders. Report of the Health Research Institute 1995.
This study focuses on persons born with a metal-metabolism
disorder often resulting in episodic violence, hyperactivity
and conduct disorder.
- Sever Y, Ashkenazi A, Tyano S, Weizman, A: Iron
treatment in children with attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder. A preliminary report. Neuropsych 1997; 35(4):178-80.
A study of 14 boys aged 7-11 years using iron for
therapeutic treatment of hyperactivity. The report
recommends further study based on the finding that
increased blood iron resulted in the reduction of aggressive
- Department of Family Medicine, Pomeranian Medical
Academy, Poland: The effects of magnesium physiological
supplementation on hyperactivity in children with ADHD.
Mag Res 1997; 10(2):149-56. The report from this institute
states that dietetic factors can play a significant role
in the origin of ADHD and that magnesium deficiency can
result in disruptive behaviors.
- Schoenthaler S: Vitamins Against Crime: supplementation
and antisocial behavior in institutions. Medical Nutrition
1990; 34-37. Brain function requires adequate nutrition,
and correction of chronic undernutrition can improve
antisocial behavior. Researchers have found that vitamin
and mineral tests can be a good indicator of violent
- Sanstead H: A brief history of the influence of trace
elements on brain function. J Clin Nutrit 1986; 43:293-98.
Historically iron, copper, manganese and zinc deficiency
have been associated with mental impairment. Manifestations
of such deficiencies include confusion, violence, dullness
- Schoenthaler S: Applied nutrition and behavior. J
Applied Nutr 1991;43(1):31-39. This research showed that
nutrient dense diets in 813 state facilities resulted in
significantly improved conduct. The distribution of vitamin
and mineral supplements was a significant factor in
promoting less violent behavior.
- Schrauzer G, Vroey E: Effects of nutritional lithium
supplementation on mood. Biological Trace Element Res 1994;
40:89-101. The results of an intensive study of former drug
users, violent offenders or those with a history of
domestic violence assert that lithium supplementation has a
mood improving and stabilizing effect. Authors suggest that
a nutritional lithium supplement may be a valuable drug in
violence and suicide prevention programs.
- Lonsdale D, et al: J of Advancement of Medicine 1994; 7
(3):171-180. A review of the potential for high calorie
malnutrition as a link for senseless violence and crime. The
author asserts that if it is true that body chemistry plays
a role in abnormal behavior, that it is largely a waste of
time to treat violent criminals by incarcerating them and
ignoring the critical factor of their diet.
- Walsh W, et al.:Elevated blood copper/zinc ratios in
assaultive young males. Physiology and Behavior 1997;
62(2)327-329. Stresses the importance of the study of
different metal ratios and their association with behavior
in an effort to identify those with increased risk.
Improvement in biochemistry in these individuals is seen
as very beneficial.
- Carney MWP:Vitamin deficiency and mental symptoms.
British Journal of Psychiatry 1990;156:878-882. Study
reveals that 53% of unselected patients admitted to
psychiatric hospital unit were vitamin deficient. Vitamin
B deficiency has been associated with neuropsychiatric
disorders and depression. Additionally, folic acid
deficiency has been linked to affective illnesses.
Vitamins for depression might prove helpful.
- Gottschalk L, et al.:Abnormalities in hair trace
elements as indicators of aberrant behavior. Comprehensive
psychiatry 1991; 32(3):229-237. The authors suggest that
abnormal trace mineral metabolism may be involved in
aggressive behavior and that careful mineral analysis could
be effective in identifying those who are predisposed to
- Rosen GM, et al.:Iron deficiency among incarcerated
juvenile delinquents. J Adolesc Health Care 1985;6:419-423.
This study from 1985 can be viewed as one of the early
looks at the effects of iron deficiency and abnormal
behavior. Through research performed in juvenile detention
facilities, a high prevalence of iron deficiency was found
among both male and female inmates. The study suggests
further research into the problem of behavior issues and
- Lead Exposure and Child Behavior. American Journal of
Public Health 1992; 82(10):1356-1359. This study evaluated
blood lead levels of young children. The group with the
highest levels of lead present in blood samples was found
to score the highest in Total Problem Behavior Score
- Stevens L., et al:Phospholipids influence behavior. The
Nutrition Report 1996;38:(May-June). A study performed on
equal number of young boys, half with low fatty acid
measures, showed that behavior problems were significantly
higher in the study group with the lower acid levels.
Greater number of health and learning problems occurred in
the lower level group as well.
- Magnesium reduces hyperactivity. Autism Research Review
1998;12(2):4. Children in this study were ages 7 to 12.
After a 6-month period, the control group, which received
no magnesium supplementation, was found to have behavior
that worsened, whereas the other children receiving
magnesium supplementation therapy had statistically
improved results in behavioral assessment scales.
- Walsh W, et al.:Elevated blood copper/zinc ratios in
assaultive young males. Physiol Behav 1997;49(1):327-329.
Research spanning a period of 20 years has revealed abnormal
trace metal concentrations in violence prone young males
3-20 years of age. This study tested the validity of the
observation that young assaultive males have elevated blood
copper/zinc levels when compared to those with no history
of assaultive behavior.
- Schmidt K, et al.:Clinical ecology treatment approach
for juvenile offenders. J Behav Ecology:Biosocial
1981:2(1). It was found through this study that hair copper
levels of young males classified as delinquent, was found
to be at a higher level than lab norms.
- Lonsdale D, Schamberger R. Red cell transketolase as an
indicator of nutritional deficiency. Am J Clin Nutr 1980;33
(2):205-211. In a study of patients with biochemical
evidence of thiamine deficiency related to junk food diets,
the adolescents especially were found to be impulsive,
irritable, aggressive and angered easily.
- Schrauzer GN, Shrestha KP: Lithium in drinking water
and the incidences of crimes, suicides and arrests related
to drug addictions. Biol Trace E.em Res 1990;25(2):105-113.
Data collected from 27 counties in Texas, when adjusted
for population density, show that the incidence of
homicide, suicide and rape were significantly high in
areas where the drinking water contained little or no
lithium. Results of this study suggest that low level doses
of lithium have a beneficial effect on human behavior.
appears to be very high. Benjamin Feingold, M.D, found
that about 40-50% of hyperactive children are sensitive to
artificial food colors, flavors and preservatives. This
includes naturally-occurring salicylates and phenolic
compounds in foods.
Altering children’s nutrition to
eliminate food additives appears warranted.
Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD, believes major economic interests
have hired their own researchers to refute Feingold's
research. Politicians cite conflicting results as reasons
for inaction. American agribusiness and food suppliers are
economically enmeshed in these profitable food additives and
tend to used their economic muscle to discourage any
changes. Thus the association between children nutrition food
and behavior is ignored due to the profit motive.
Dr. Feingold's powerful research, found behavior disorders
were linked to food additive consumption, was based on
1,200 individuals and was presented to the AMA in 1973.
Later research in Australia and Canada supported Feingold's
thesis."- Dr. Whitaker's Guide to Natural Healing, Prima
In the interests of children nutrition food and behavior,
The Hyperactive Children's Support Group of the United
Kingdom believes these food additives should be avoided:
Amaranth, Benzoic Acid, BHA, BHT, Brilliant Blue FCF,
Caramel, Carmine, Carmoiic Acid, Cochineal, FCFV, Indigo,
Potassium Nitrate, Quinoline Yellow, Red 2G,
Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Nitrate, Sulfur Dioxide, Sunset
Avoid foods with high salicylates content to see if their
removal causes a behavioral difference. Some of these are
Almonds, Honey, Peppermint Tea, Peanuts, Peppers, Plums
(canned), Prunes (canned), Raspberries (fresh),
Strawberries (fresh), Tomatoes - and spices, but especially
Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Curry, Oregano, Paprika,
Pepper, Rosemary, Sage and Turmeric
Some of the conclusions from the above research relating
to children nutrition food and behavior are:
- Vitamins, supplements and healthy meals significantly
decrease aggressive and, particularly, violent behavior
making schools and prisons safer. Such research is important
since all three variables of children nutrition food and behavior
- Reversing a long standing position, the Journal of
the American Medical Association advised medical doctors
to recommend that all their patients take a muliplevitamin
pill daily. This is one of the rare times the American
Medical Association admitted the relationship between
children nutrition food and behavior.
- Despite the undeniable connection between food additives
and aggression, authorities continue to avoid pursuing children
nutrition food and behavior interventions. For more information,
food additives and children nutrition food and behavior,
- Despite studies indicating fluoride causes neurological
problems, many authorities ignore this danger when it comes
to children nutrition food and behavior.
- Toxic metals continue to be overlooked in developing
children nutrition interventions to decrease aggressive
behavior. Toxic metal's negative influence on nutrition
food and behavior takes second place the profit motive.
Our children pay the price.
- A mindset that children's problems are caused either by
bad parenting or an abnormal brain prevents interventions in
children nutrition food and behavior that could prevent
negative child responses.
- The huge profits, involved in prescribing drugs to treat
behavioral problems, reinforces this mindset against
children nutrition food and behavior interventions.
- Improving children nutrition in schools has led to
huge increases in test scores further underscoring the
relationship between children nutrition food and behavior.
- Since supplements improve behavior and test scores, one
must wonder what result would be achieved, regarding
children nutrition food and behavior, if both the addition
of supplements and the eating of salubrious foods were