Consuming fruit and vegetables could be just as good for your mental wellbeing as it is for your physical health, a new study finds.
The study of 14,000 people in the UK found that the more fruit and vegetables they consumed, the higher their mental wellbeing (Stranges et al., 2014).
Mental wellbeing is about more than just not being depressed: it means positively feeling good.
People with higher mental wellbeing are more optimistic, happier, have higher self-esteem and better relationships with others.
Dr Saverio Stranges, the study’s first author, said:
“Along with [not] smoking, fruit and vegetable consumption was the health-related behaviour most consistently associated with both low and high mental wellbeing.
These novel findings suggest that fruit and vegetable intake may play a potential role as a driver, not just of physical, but also of mental wellbeing in the general population.”
Read the full article here: These Everyday Foods Have a Powerful Connection With Mental Wellbeing