Mental health and happiness are highest among people who eat at least seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day, according to a major new study by British researchers.
Economists and public health experts from the University of Warwick studied the eating habits of 80,000 Brits and found mental wellbeing appeared to rise with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables people consumed.
Happiness levels “peaked” at seven servings a day — two more than the current federal recommendations — the researchers reported in the journal Social Indicators Research. Editor’s Note: Editor’s Note: 3 Secrets to Never Get Sick Again. Get Super Immunity for Only $4.95. Click here.
"This study has shown surprising results and I have decided it is prudent to eat more fruit and vegetables,” said economist Andrew Oswald from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy at the University of Warwick. “I am keen to stay cheery."
The British researchers, who worked with Dartmouth College experts to conduct the study, noted most Americans and Brits don’t consume even the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables, which are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.
In Britain, they said, only one-tenth of the population consumes seven or more daily portions, defined as approximately 80 grams.