The contribution of refined carbohydrate consumption to maladaptive behaviors

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One of the many postulated causes of maladaptive behaviors which is currently receiving much popular interest is the consumption of refined carbohydrates. The relationship between nutrition and behavior has been severely neglected in the scientific arena, although experts have begun to explore the topic in a theoretical and speculative capacity. An overview of the literature that does exist implicates the hypoglycemic syndrome, frequently perpetrated by refined carbohydrate intake, as the culprit responsible for behavior that is dysfunctional to the individual affected. The research project presented herein is one of the first experimental endeavors designed to substantiate this relationship, and determine its significance. Conclusions borne out of this research were: first, that further, more in depth research projects should ensue; second, policy strategies should be formulated; and third, scientific, physiological measurements should be an essential ingredient in human research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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