Lack of meat could contribute to violence

Diets low in natural fats and red meat could contribute to violent behaviour among teenagers, a recent US report has claimed.

The report was produced by nutrition researcher Dr Sylvia Onusic, who argued that deficiencies of vitamins A, D,K, B1, B3, B6, B12 and folate could lead to mental instability and violent behaviour.

Research also suggested that a lack of minerals such as iodine, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, chromium and manganese, were also behaviour-affecting factors.

Published in the Spring 2013 issue of Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A Price Foundation, it said the brain and nervous system required specific nutrients to function properly, adding: “The evidence is overwhelming that nutrient deficiencies can lead to aggression and violent behaviour.”

Meanwhile, it was noted that US doctors were seeing a return of nutritional deficiency diseases like pellagra. A rise in zinc deficiency had also been recorded in patients and has been linked to “angry, aggressive and hostile behaviour”.

Dr Onusic identified meat as a rich reservoir of the vitamins and minerals missing from the diets in the study, with red meat and organ meat identified in particular.

Furthermore, problems with foods used to replace meats in the diet were identified, with grain-based carbohydrates amongst the main culprits.

Soy, MSG, aspartame, sugar, caffeine and alcohol were also linked to violent behaviour and the report recommended a return to “natural products such as raw milk, pastured eggs and meat”.

President of the Weston A Price Foundation Sally Fallon Morell said: “The only solution to the mounting levels of violence is a return to real, nutrient-dense food.

“We must create a culture in which eating processed food is seen as uncool, and in which home cooking is embraced as a life-enhancing skill.”

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