We know that fruit and vegetables are healthy and give numerous advantages to our bodies. But do you know that eating a few more serves of fruit and vegetables can lift your flat feelings?
Study Researchers at the University of Warwick in England studying the mental, physical health, socio-economic status and healthy behaviours of 14,000 people who had filled out surveys looked at the amount of fruit and vegetables they ate. They found that people who had a higher score in mental wellbeing ate more fruit and vegetables. According to Dr. Saverio Stranges, the data suggests that people who had the higher consumption of fruit and vegetables, the lower the chance of having low mental wellbeing. These findings tell us that fruit and vegetables are not only good for us in a physical sense, but also play a potential role in mental wellbeing. Good mental wellbeing was defined as feeling great and generally functioning well. These people said that they felt happy, had good self-esteem, resilience and relationships.
Results 34% of respondents who reported a high mental wellbeing said they ate five or more servings of fruit and vegetables, 31% ate three to four portions, 28% ate one or two and 7% ate about one. It was also found that people who smoked and ate a good percentage of fruit and vegetables had the highest association with mental wellbeing, while alcohol consumption and obesity didnt have the same effect. Around the world mental illness is very costly to the individual and the society. The lack of mental wellbeing supports many physical diseases, having an unhealthy live style and social inequalities drags down the economies. Due to these findings it is important that researchers begin to understand further what happens when we have or dont have a higher fruit and vegetable diet.
Conclusion Although these results have been from a minor study, it does add to the evidence that fruit and vegetable intake is good for ones health. Although, more research needs to be done, these findings give an extra positive view on the consumption of fruit and vegetables. These new findings will also help people realise that a diet high in fruit and vegetables apart from a likelihood of being able to enhance their mental wellbeing at the same time as preventing heart disease and cancer it can also be cheaper to feed a family. One study that may be interesting would be to survey vegetarians and vegans, to see how these results compare to people that dont eat meat.
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