When it comes to mental health, a new study has found that eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day can help ward off the blues.
Researchers at the University of Warwick looked at data from a health survey of 14,000 participants in England aged 16 and over and found 33.5% of respondents who had good mental health ate plenty of fruits and vegetables, compared to 31.4% who ate three or four portions each day, 28.4% who ate one or two, and 6.8% who ate less than one portion.
“These novel findings suggest that fruit and vegetable intake may play a potential role as a driver, not just of physical, but also of mental well-being in the general population,” lead author Saverio Stranges said in a press release.
The study was published in the British Medical Journal Open. The Brantford Expositor has the story.