More fruits and vegetables in your diet may mean increased happiness and a sense of well-being. Apples, in particular are now being hailed as an excellent means for fighting depression, according to a British study that was described in a journal of health psychology this month.
Nearly 300 people participated in a three week diet in which they made journal entries describing their emotional and physical state as well as what they had eaten that day. The number of servings of fruits and vegetables were recorded as well.
“The results showed a strong day-to-day relationship between more positive mood and higher fruit and vegetable consumption, but not other foods,” said the study. Increased feelings of happiness, calmness, and energy were also recorded. For improved benefits of mood, the researchers concluded that 7-8 half cup servings of fruits and vegetables would be required for improved positive feelings, which can be achieved by making at least half of each meal fruits and vegetables. Also, by making fruit the focus of snacks, the desired number of servings can be reached.
Do healthy moods equal healthy snacks? The research suggests that there is a relationship between them. For a sense of well-being and feeling positive, remember that an apple a day may, indeed, keep the doctor and the blues away. –MELorden
For more information on related research, go to: Fruits and Vegetables: Seven-A-Day for Happiness and Mental Health