Do you think food and drink can affect the way people act?

United States
September 29, 2008 7:56pm CST
I'm not talking about alcohol or "magic mushrooms" or anything like that! lol I'm talking about normal food and drink like coffee, tea, soda, chocolate and other things like that. I've noticed that when my old man drinks Mountain Dew he becomes very difficult and irritating to live with! He gets cranky and moody and he just isn't very nice. He's not normally like that. It seems to be only when he drinks Mountain Dew on a daily basis. Once I realized this, I started thinking about other people that I know that drink it... like my sister....and guess what!?! She is the same way!!! Maybe even a little worse. I'm sure other things contribute to this but I really believe that the Mountain Dew or what is in it has something to do with it. What do you think?
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• United States
30 Sep 08
Most definetly people can act different with different foods in them. The Mt. dew could just be a caffeine addiction though, he needs him Mt. Dew just like people need their coffee. I'm actually like that myself, I love Mt. Dew :P I knew this kid that I used to watch and every time he had any food with red dye in it he went completely bonkers, and I mean crazy literally climbing the walls.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
It could be just the caffine... But he doesn't get like that when he drinks any other kind of soft drink. Maybe it's the amount...Mt. Dew has like 12 teaspoons of sugar in a 12 ounce can.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
That could be, that could be just how he gets is day going too, like coffee drinkers.
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• Lubbock, Texas
30 Sep 08
The mixture of caffeine and sugar can really mess up the metabolism, and I suspect it could interfere with a lot of other physical functions as well as emotional.
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• Singapore
30 Sep 08
Hi Stephanie5, Sure yes! I think that food and drink can indeed affect the way people act. Some people become happier when they eat their favorite food. Some become temper demons when they had to eat food they don't like or can't stand. Or even, when one is too full or too hungry, they become either extremely pliable or irritable! As for your specific example about Mountain Dew. I suspect it is the gas that makes him irritable. Maybe he can't decide whether to burp or fart so he sent it spewing out from the mouth.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
There have been studies in several prisons where the inmates were only allowed to eat healthy foods like salads and lots of fruit and meat and vegetables, no starches like pasta or rice or cakes or cookies. They could only drink water and milk and juice, no coffee or pop. They found that the inmates began to act better, their violent tendencies decreased dramatically, and those who followed the healthy lifestyle after they got out of prison were far less likely to commit violent crimes ever again. Isn't that amazing??
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• Lubbock, Texas
30 Sep 08
It's very possible, but it would be hard to tell just what it is that makes peoples attitudes change, since there isn't full disclosure of ingredients on the container. I haven't noticed that to much with drinks, although I get irritable if I try to stop drinking coffee, but when my youngest daughter was a preteen, I discovered she could not eat red meat more than 3 times a week without becoming a holy terror! She was quite offended when I told her that, but then she started paying attention to her moods and agreed with me.
• United States
30 Sep 08
Red meat huh? Maybe that's what's wrong with my kids! lol
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• Singapore
30 Sep 08
This is one school of thought I encountered too, that meat as opposed to vegetables make you more aggressive (think carnivores versus herbivores).
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• Lubbock, Texas
30 Sep 08
Yes, yes! Aggressive is the exact word that described her when she ate too much red meat!
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@thejj924 (78)
• United States
4 Oct 08
yes because differnt amounts of certain foods can get you high or aleast into a euphoric state
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@capirani (1841)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Certain foods, drinks, and other chemicals that come into contact with the body through the skin or mucuous membranes can definitely cause people to act differently than they would normally. Check out my squidoo lens on the subject of how foods and chemicals contribute to ADHD and ADD, and how to help your kids if they have these disorders without using medication. This is not a response to promote the sale of anything. My family is affected by ADHD and we found out about these foods and chemicals. Rather than posting the long list here, it is just easier if you go there to read the entire list and get more information. This is a very common thing for foods to affect behavior. http://www.squidoo.com/ADHDalternative
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I sure do. I think that food allergies affect more people than we know. It's also been proven that the additives and chemicals they put in processed foods affect people - especially kids. Some think that's why we have so many kids being diagnosed with ADD and ADHD - because of food additives.
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@RAGHUBIR (65)
• India
30 Sep 08
i think food and drink effect to people.And many people eat different type food and drink mostly people eat fatly and oilly food.and this type food effect on body and voice so people try to take good food because good food make big life if you not care about ur helth you never be happey in life and we should teach our childe aboute good food
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@annjilena (5620)
• United States
30 Sep 08
yes foods do affect you mood in many ways especially chocolate.coffee boost you up having you so jacked up and can,t sleep either. dont drink coffee around the time to go to bed.soda raised the blood sugar it rises the blood sugar so high they can have mood swinges and getting really sleepy and just not feeling well.
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• Indonesia
30 Sep 08
yes, that's certainly possible. there are saying, 'we are what we eat'. the food we eat eventually develop every cell or our bodies and affect our physical health as well as they way we think. recent experiments have shown that certain foods directly influence the working of the brain by affecting different mental and physical functions: in memory, sleep motor coordination, pain depression, learning ability, and even our perception of reality. eating foods rich in lecithin (which is contained in soybeans) can increase our memory power; whereas eating a meal rich in carbohydrates and poor of proteins is the surest way to maik the brain drowsy for hours afterward.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I know it can affect people in certain ways. For me its carbs or sugar. As a diabetic if I have too much it makes me clumsy, sleepy and kind of like I just don't care. The hardest part for me is mornings - I have to have food with my medications. Yet if I eat in the mornings my blood sugar gets too high (like it is right now, lol) and I feel kind of dopey. Too much sugar can affect people badly, just as too much caffeine can as well. And since I am feeling dopey, that probably didn't make much sense. LOL
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I think there are some foods that can mess with a way a person acts. I think there are some nutrients in some food and drinks that affects a persons mood or behaviors.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I have never noticed that with my husband, it is just the opposite. If he doesn't have at least one, he is a bear and nasty.
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