|Health Foods for Peak Mental Health|
It’s almost become common knowledge that 5 servings of fruit or vegetable each day are required to maintain a healthy diet, however a new study suggests that eating 7 servings can help improve mental health and make people happier.
The new study, conducted by Dartmouth University and The University of Warwick in England, analyzed the eating habits of 80,000 people and found that metal well-being increased with the number of fruits and vegetables eaten each day, peaking at 7 servings. The study defined one serving as 2.8oz (80grams).
The Journal of Social Indicators Research is an International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement.
Study co-author Sarah Stewart-Brown, a professor of public health, said in a university news release:The team notes that more research needs to be done to learn more about these effects, since the study was unable to prove a cause and effect relationship.
“The statistical power of fruit and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers.”
Study co-author Andrew Oswald, a professor in the economics department, said in the news release:
“This study has shown surprising results, and I have decided it is prudent to eat more fruit and vegetables. I am keen to stay cheery.”
Nevertheless, it’s clear that eating fruits and vegetables is an essential part of staying healthy, so adding a few more to your daily diet surely isn’t a bad thing.
The study was published in the Journal of Social Indicators Research. Founded in 1974, Social Indicators Research is a journal that publishes research results dealing with measurement of the quality of life. These studies – empirical, philosophical and methodological – encompass the whole spectrum of society, including the individual, public and private organizations, and municipal, country, regional, national and international systems.