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7 Servings Of Fruit And Veg A Day Best For Mental Health

7 Servings Of Fruit And Veg A Day Best For Mental Health

7 servings of fruit each day help improve mental well-being…

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).

7 servings fruit vegetables improves mental health 7 Servings Of Fruit And Veg A Day Best For Mental Health

7 Servings Of Fruit And Veg Best For Mental Well Being

Image Credit: Alexander Baxevanis, 2010.

Study co-author Sarah Stewart-Brown, a professor of public health, said in a university news release:

“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.”

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.

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 Social Indicators Research.


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  1. Robert Preidt: 7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds. Healthy Living, 10/12/2012.

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