Stephen Schoenthaler, a criminal-justice professor at California State University in Stanislaus, has been researching the relationship between food and behavior for more than 20 years.
e has proven that reducing the sugar and fat intake in our daily diets leads to higher IQs and better grades in school.
supervised a change in meals served at 803 schools in low-income neighborhoods in New York City, the number of students passing final exams rose from 11 percent below the national average to five percent above.
is best known for his
work in youth detention centers.
One of his
studies showed that the number of violations of house rules fell by 37 percent when vending machines were removed and canned food in the cafeteria was replaced by fresh alternatives.
findings this way: "Having a bad diet right now is a better predictor of future violence than past violent behavior."
But Schoenthaler's work is under fire.
A committee from his
own university has recommended suspending him for his
allegedly improper research methods: Schoenthaler
didn't always use a placebo as a control measure and his
group of test subjects wasn't always chosen at random.
This criticism doesn't refute Schoenthaler's research
that nutrition has an effect on behavior.
It means most of his
studies simply lack the scientific soundness needed to earn the respect of his