Eat Fruits for a Happier Life
Recent research shows that eating fruits regularly is not only good for physical health, but may also have an impact one’s mental well-being. The investigation involved the analysis of day-to-day emotions vs food consumption among young adults. The study showed that eating a total serving of around seven to eight fruits and vegetables a day predicted a positive change in mood the following day.
The study, which was conducted by Dr Tamlin Conner, Dr Caroline Horwath and Bonnie White of the Department of Human Nutrition of Otago, was published in the British Journal of Health and Psychology. The study involved 281 young adults (mean age was 20 years) who were asked to complete an online diary for 21 consecutive days. The participants logged the details of their daily food consumption (both healthy and unhealthy food) including nine positive and negative adjectives about their feelings.
The results strongly confirmed the connection between increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and an improvement in positive disposition. According to Dr Conner, participants reported feeling calmer, happier and more energetic after eating more fruits and vegetables. Further analysis showed that young people have to consume a total of seven to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day for a noticeable improvement in positive mood.
While the research showed a promising outcome in the relationship between healthy foods and positive disposition, further study is necessary to evaluate the influence of increased intake of fruits and vegetables on the wellbeing and mood of an individual, added Dr Conner.
University of Otago. Many apples a day keep the blues at bay. ScienceDaily.