- FOOD THAT ALTERS THE MIND
Although the main purpose of the Stitt was not to eliminate transgenic foods from the diet, however, by removing the vending machines, preparing most of the food directly and using olive oil instead of vegetable margarine, in practice had eliminated almost all the menu the sources of GMOs.
It is not clear what were the foods responsible for behavior problems.
What is clear, though, is that food can have a profound influence on behavior, mood, the sense of happiness and the whole quality of our life. In 2002, research showed that "food molecules behave like hormones, regulating the functioning of the organism and triggering cell division.
Among the behaviors that were recorded were: "intermittent concentration, tendency to disturb others, difficulty in going to sleep, fiddling with objects and attacks of anger". The data revealed significant differences between the two periods. The study therefore concluded that among the infant population, the most likely cause of an outbreak of temper tantrum is to be found in food colors. Researchers say that it is possible to "significantly modify the hyperactivity of children by eliminating dyes and food additives from their diet". And they continue, "such a change would have beneficial effects on all children, not just those who are already hyperactive or who are at risk of allergic reactions". If food additives or junk food have such effects on children, students and people on probation, how much our irritability, distraction, restlessness, insomnia, anger or depression can be determined by what we eat? Science does not yet have an answer to this question. The impact of food on mental or emotional health is not part of the standard assessment of food safety. And no research has yet considered these effects in relation to GM foods.
An experiment, however, found something almost by accident. A Dutch student who had fed GM corn to a group of mice, and natural corn to another group, found more than just a difference in weight between the two groups: he also observed significant behavioral differences. When at the end of the experiment they were weighed, the rats that ate GMOs were "more malnourished" than the others. But, according to the researcher, "many of these rats kept running around the cage, scrabbling desperately in the sawdust, and even frantically jumping against the walls, which I had never seen before." Surely this one experiment is not a sufficient basis for drawing conclusions on the possible effects of transgenic food on the human psyche. On the other hand, there is not even evidence to the contrary.