|The old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. According to recent research being done in Australia and the UK, it may also keep the psychiatrist away!|
According to this article, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption can have positive effects on mental health; similar to the well-documented positive effects of increased physical exercise.
Several studies are explored, with the overall conclusion being: even when controlling for other factors like income, health, and consumption of other food, participants who increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables by just one serving a day reported significantly higher life satisfaction and mental well-being.
As the author mentions, there isn’t enough evidence yet to establish that eating fruits and vegetables can prevent mental illness, and a change in diet should never replace necessary treatment.
At the end of the day though, if adding one serving of a food group could have such a positive impact, why not give it a shot?
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