Fruit, vegetables make young people calmer
Few would dispute the physical benefits of fruit in a healthy diet and now research from the University of Otago in New Zealand has found that eating fruits and vegetables can make young people calmer, happier and more energetic in their daily lives.
In a study of 280 people asked to keep a 21-day food diary, the researchers found a strong day-to-day relationship between positive mood and fruit and vegetable consumption, but not other foods. The study – which involved participants with a mean age of 20 – used nine positive and nine negative adjectives to describe mood, as well as five questions about what they specifically ate that day.
Questioning which came first, better mood or healthy eating, the scientists discovered that eating seven to eight servings of fruit and vegetables predicted positive improvements to mood that could last into the following day.