Music: food for thought

Music is a powerful sensory activator. Affects the heart rate, blood pressure, energizing or relaxing effect, it stimulates the release of dopamine, the molecule of welfare, and can even improve sports performance.


Scientific studies have tried to investigate what had been theorized as “Mozart effect” by Shaw and Rauscher in their experiment in the nineties, tended to show increasing space / time intelligence after listening to a Mozart symphony.

Even Glenn Shellemberg composer and psychologist, director of the Music and Cognition Lab at Toronto University showed that in boys music lessons help to improve the development of intellectual abilities and influence positively on their personality.

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As long as the music is varied and of course your liking, a bit ‘like the food.

From a quote of the hard rock group Kiss’ 70s: “Music is like food, you eat only one type, you finish to be undernourished.” It’s true, in general all nutritionists recommend a varied intake of foods, whether they are vegetarian or not, why? It is not just a matter of taste but of the establishment of the “amino acid pool” that is, of those molecules ‘brick’ that make up the proteins are so important to our lives. Amino acids are 20 including 8 essential defined ie not be synthesized by the body and therefore must be taken with a balanced and varied diet that not only makes us feel good but it also sharpens the palate. Even our ear can nourish and refine the ratings with varying gender contamination.

An interesting experiment of mixing between sensory perception is what for years enacts the “Vegetable Orchestra” in Vienna:


Founded in 1998 by a brilliant idea of a group of musicians and artists of various kinds that, by using suitably carved fresh fruit and vegetables, emptied or interconnected, create real musical instruments from the very original sound. The field of their music is vast: from Jazz to Dub, from House to contemporary, from Electronics to Noise, at the end of many concerts the “tools” end up in delicious soups. Not by chance we say ” taste music. ” (Www.vegetableorchestra.org).

While listening to a beautiful symphony plant and also assimilate the nutritional benefits means enrichment, awareness and nourishment for the mind, sometimes gratify with food it’s synonymous with too many refined sugars, saturated fat, salt or alcohol in products industrial, quickly consumed without “listening” real needs of our body. It only needs a super smoothie with yogurt, fresh fruit, some superfood such as almonds, goji berries, oats and a bit ‘of dark chocolate to have a concentration of elements that can bridge the physical and mental gap that we all know. The music, unlike food, is not fattening, but arouses emotions, stimulates curiosity, enhances perceptions, so it can also affect our power. According to “The Sound and Taste of Music”, an article in the Scientific American high-pitched sounds are associated with sweet and sour taste, low notes to bitter tastes. Discovering new sounds also means to know, to progress, sharpen your senses, be curious and aware of what we eat and what we hear, it means doing good.

Bob Marley said: “The beauty of music is that when it hits you it does not hurt.”