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Published on October 14th, 2012 | by No Artificial

Healthy Eating For Optimal Well-being

How many fruits and veggies you need to eat every day in order to reach more of your optimal mental well being.

Healthy eating is not about strict diets. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having much more energy, stabilizing the mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible.

According to a new study at the University of Warwick and Dartmouth College, daily vegetable and fruit consumption is a key to improved mental well-being and overall happiness.

In the study, the researchers analyzed the dietary habits of 80,000 British people and found that mental well-being appeared to increase with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables that people consumed. They revealed that the optimal number peaks at 7 portions a day. The research did not identify which fruits and vegetables are most beneficial, but it defined a single portion as 80 grams (2.5 ounces).

“The statistical power of fruit and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers,” study researcher Sarah Stewart-Brown, a professor of public health at the University of Warwick, stated in a statement.

Economist and co-author of the research Professor Andrew Oswald from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick’s Department of Economics said: “This study has shown surprising results and I have decided it is prudent to eat more fruit and vegetables. I am keen to stay cheery.”

Warwick Medical School

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