It’s common knowledge that forgoing deep fried and fatty foods in favor of lighter and nutritious fare can do a lot to make you feel better. Some researchers and nutritionists even argue that, in addition to doing your digestive tract a favor, eating whole nourishing foods can affect your emotional state as well.
Recently researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago sought to test the widely held belief by actively quantifying the effects of daily dietary choices on overall well-being. According to a university press release that has been picked up by publications around the world, scientists recruited 281 young and able-bodied participants to take part in the 21-day study. In that time, they were asked to provide details about their food consumption and, essentially, how their day went. This information was derived by asking participants to choose between nine positive and negative descriptors.
When the researchers reviewed the answers submitted by the individuals taking part in the study, they reportedly discovered a strong correlation between eating a substantial amount of fruits and vegetables and generally feeling better from one day to the next.
“On days when people ate more fruits and vegetables, they reported feeling calmer, happier and more energetic than they normally did,” said Dr Tamlin Conner, one of the lead researchers on the project.
Though this study focused on young adults, it stands to reason that anyone can benefit from incorporating more all-natural fruits and vegetables into their diet. In fact, this blog previously covered a recent study that showed how consuming more berries could potentially sharpen the mental faculties of older women.
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