7 Servings a Day of Fruits and Vegetables May Improve Mental Health
Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet. And according to a recent study, eating 7 servings of fruit and vegetables a day may not only make you healthier, it might also make you happier.
The researchers examined the food consumption of 80,000 people and found that 7 servings a day was the optimal amount of fruits and vegetables for the highest level of mental wellbeing. They suggested that governments might want to change their recommendations to reflect these findings.
The study was a joint effort between researchers at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, University of Warwick in Germany, and Warwick Medical School in the UK. It was published in the journal Social Indicators Research in October 2012.
Beyond mental health, there are a myriad of reasons for eating more fruits and vegetables, which are packed with all kinds of powerful antioxidants. The antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables have been linked with healthier looking skin, heart health benefits and healthier levels of cholesterol. This is often attributed to antioxidants and their ability to fight free radicals in the body.
Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can be as simple as grabbing an apple as a snack or designating one day a week your vegetarian day. All it takes is being a little conscious about making sure you have a fruit or vegetable at every meal.