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12 Sep 2007

Stress & food
Food24 has just run an article suggesting that the food you eat can stress you out. Aparently Dr Joon Yun of Stanford has found that if you, for example, eat meat from animals that have been stressed out as a result of how they were raised & slaughtered, this can generate stress in you, partly because of the stress hormones in the meat.

What is your take on this? Can your food freak you out?
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01 Jan 0001

I think that research is largely junk, and typical of the naive interpretations of slender researxch findings by a naive researcher lacking in broad enough experience. I doubt very much that enough of the stress chemicals ( they're notgenerally hormones ) survives the cooking process and then our own human digestion, to make any impact whatever. Even if you ate raw meat shortly after a very stressed animal had died, I doubt that there's be any significant impact on one's brain and psychology. I wonder what the naive Dr Yun is suggesting we do ? Turn vegetarian ? ANd how does he know that carots are not awfully stressed when they get ripped from the earth ? Maybe tomatoes pine for the vine ?
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