According to new research, it just might. A new study found that high and low mental well being could be consistently associated with an individual’s consumption of fruits and vegetables.
In the study, a third of respondents with high mental well being reported eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Less than 7 percent of those with high mental wellbeing ate less than one portion of fruits and vegetables in a day.
Dr. Saverio Stranges, the lead author of the research paper said in a statement, “The data suggest the higher an individual’s fruit and vegetable intake the lower the chance of their having low mental well being.”
Over half of respondents with low mental wellbeing ate four or less portions of fruits and vegetables daily.
“Along with smoking, fruit and vegetable consumption was the health-related behavior most consistently associated with both low and high mental well being,” Dr. Stranges said.
“These novel findings suggest that fruit and vegetable intake may play a potential role as a drive of, not just of physical, but also of mental wellbeing in the general population.”
Mental wellbeing is a key part of overall health, and it makes sense that what keeps the body healthy would keep the mind healthy as well. However, it’s about more than just a lack of mental health problems. Those with a high mental well being are more likely to be optimistic and happy, have high self-esteem, and good relationships with others.
It’s these factors that may lead some to make healthier choices with their lives, like eating more fruits and vegetables. Though the study found a link between produce and mental state, it’s hard to say which causes which, if either causes the other.
by Brandi, selected from Diets in Review
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