A new study conducted by researchers at Leeds and York Universities in the United Kingdom shows a single serving of fruits and vegetables can boost your mental health.
This research was analyzed from the data of 40,000 British citizens and concluded that consuming veggies and fruits has the same effect on your well-being as walking for at least ten minutes for eight extra days, per month.
The co-author of this study, Dr. Neel Ocean, said in a statement: “While further work is needed to demonstrate cause and effect, the results are clear: people who do eat more fruit and vegetables report a higher level of mental well-being and life satisfaction than those who eat less.”
The study has been assessed on individuals between 2010 and 2017, assessing their well-being along with their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
Alternative factors affecting mental health were taken into consideration such as education, age, marital status, employment status, income, health, etc.
Dr. Peter Howley, the co-author of the study, adds “Encouraging better dietary habits may not just be beneficial to physical health in the long run but may also improve mental well-being in the shorter term.”
You can read more on this study in the journal Social Science and Medicine.