By Linda Thrasybule
(Reuters Health) – The reasons experts usually give for eating more fruit and vegetables tend to be about long-term health benefits, but piling on the produce may also improve wellbeing in the shorter term, researchers say.
Based on national surveys in Australia, the study team linked increases in fruit and vegetable servings per day to rising happiness over two years.
With the addition of eight portions of fruit and veg daily, the change in wellbeing was about equivalent to going from unemployment to a job, researchers report in American Journal of Public Health.
“I found the apparent power of fruits and vegetables extremely surprising,” said co-author Andrew Oswald, who studies economics and behavioral sciences at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE