“Eat your fruits and vegetables.” You heard it from mom the whole time you were growing up. They’ll make you strong and healthy, she said. Well, she was right… But, up to eight servings of fruits and veggies will do a whole lot more than keep the doctor a way.
That’s because new research shows healthy foods can actually tip your mood meter in a positive direction.
We’ve known for a while that the ‘physical’ rewards of a healthy diet, like protecting against some forms of cancer, come later in life. Now, a new study finds that the positive psychological benefits show up within 24 months! Basically, participants reported feeling happier when they ate healthier. 8 servings a day translated to greater life satisfaction.
Scientists believe it has something to do with a compound in colorful fruits and veggies called carotenoids that act like antioxidants in the blood. More studies need to be done…but if staving off cancer doesn’t make you take a few more bites of broccoli, maybe feeling upbeat will.
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