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Eating five-a-day linked to better mental health

Published on 25/09/2014

Fruit and vegetable consumption could improve your mental wellbeing as well as boosting your physical health, according to a new study.


Vegetables can improve your mental wellbeing

A study published in the BMJ suggests that eating five-a-day increases the chance of having a higher mental well-being. The research was led by Dr Saverio Strangers of the University of Warwick Medical School.

Dr Stranges and his team studied data from around 14,000 adults from the Health Survey for England. The data included information on the physical and mental wellbeing of participants as well as their health-related behaviours and demographic.

All participants were distributed into different categories using the mental well-being tool the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale. The top 15% were put into the high-mental well-being group and the bottom 15% into the low group.

In conclusion, more than 35% of participants with high mental well-being ate five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day, in contrast only 7% consumed less than one portion.

Dr Strange explained: "Along with smoking, fruit and vegetable consumption was the health-related behavior most consistently associated with both low and high mental well-being.

“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."

The research noted that alcohol and obesity were linked to low mental well-being but not high.

Eating healthily and promoting a healthy lifestyle can reduce your health insurance premiums.

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