Consuming Fruit On A Regular Basis May Help Promote Positive Mental Wellbeing
Fruits are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, and they are high in fiber. They also contain a wide range of antioxidants. A new study suggests that more frequent consumption of fruit may help promote positive mental wellbeing.
Participants in the study included 428 healthy adults with an average age of 39.7. They completed a food frequency questionnaire to measure weekly consumption of fruit, vegetables, sweet snacks, and savory snacks. The Likert, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale was used to evaluate depression and anxiety and the Cognitive Failures Questionnaire was used to assess cognitive function.
Participants with the most frequent consumption of fruit were found to reduced symptoms of depression and greater mental wellbeing. How often participants ate fruit on a weekly basis was found to be more highly associated with greater mental wellbeing than the total amount consumed.
Participants who frequently consumed savory snacks were found increased symptoms of depression and anxiety and lower mental wellbeing scores.
No association was found between vegetable consumption and mental wellbeing.
The study was conducted by researchers from Aston University. It was published online ahead of print May 26, 2022 in the British Journal of Nutrition..
Consuming more fruit and vegetables was associated with improved mental health in a previous study.