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March 19, 2019 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

How to Easily Boost Mental Wellbeing

Lettuce Rejoice! 
Fruits and veggies have scored a resounding scientific victory on the mental well-being front. In one of the largest and best conducted studies to date, scientists observed a robust relationship between mental well-being/life satisfaction and fruit and vegetable consumption.

Green healthy vegetables in the shape of a heart isolated over a white background

For this study, researchers followed the dietary habits and mental well-being of over 45,000 UK adults for a 7-year period. After controlling for other factors that could influence mental state, the scientists noted a significant, direct, dose-response connection between both the frequency and the quantity of produce consumption and mental well-being.
According to their findings, as little as a single, additional daily serving of a fruit or a veggie could exert a meaningful impact on mental well-being. In fact, the magnitude of one additional daily serving could boost mental-well-being on par with walking 8 additional days a month! I found this deliciously exhilarating. The scientists also noted that the frequency of consumption was as important, if not more important than the quantity of consumption, so be sure to enjoy produce throughout the day—every time you eat! (1)
Bottom line: Eating more fruits and veggies, more often, may be one of the easiest, quickest, and most accessible ways to improve your mood and life satisfaction. Go savor one of your favorites right now, and smile while you do it.
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(1) Social Science & Medicine, 2019; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.12.017