Feeling blue? Food choice and prep might help.
Everyone knows ‘five-a-day’ is good for our physical health, but researchers at the University of Otago have found a rainbow of raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables. The reason may be the nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning are lost in cooking and processing. The study found that for mental health in particular, it may be important to consider the way in which produce is prepared and consumed.
More than 400 18-25 year olds from New Zealand and the USA were surveyed, the age group with typically the lowest fruit and vegetable consumption and at high risk for mental health disorders. Allowing for variables, including exercise, sleep, unhealthy diet, chronic health conditions, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender, raw fruit and vegetable consumption predicted lower levels of mental illness symptoms, such as depression, and improved levels of psychological wellbeing including positive mood and life satisfaction. Further, benefits were significantly reduced for cooked, canned, and processed fruits and vegetables.
When it comes to mental health – keep it fresh.
Top 10 raw foods related to better mental health: carrots, bananas, apples, grapefruit citrus fruits, fresh berries, kiwifruit, cucumber, dark leafy greens such as spinach and lettuce.
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