"A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. Children who suffered certain nutritional deficiencies demonstrated a shocking 41% increase in aggression at age eight, and at age 17, they demonstrated a 51% increase in violent and antisocial behaviors.
"What specific nutrients were missing from their diets? Zinc, iron, B vitamins and protein.
"Zinc is perhaps the single most common nutritional deficiency in the American population. Estimates are that more than 80% of the population is deficient in zinc. As a result of that deficiency, people's immune systems are impaired, they're not able to resist infectious diseases such as influenza, they're not able to heal their wounds as quickly.
"At the same time we have B-vitamin deficiencies. The two most common ingredients in our foods seem to be white flour and sugar. When a person eats a donut, that donut depletes the body of B vitamins.
P.S. Add up the U.S. RDA numbers on the labels of all the foods you consume, and you'll find out that if you're going to meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. government for preventing chronic disease, you're going to have to eat, on average, 10,000 calories a day of grocery store foods. That's 500% more food than an average person eats.