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12th February 2017
Eating more fruits & vegetables improves well-being

The beneficial effects of fruits and vegetables on physical health are well-recognized. And, several studies have established the advantages of eating a fruit and vegetable-rich diet. A new study published online February 3, 2017 in PLos One (PLoS One. 2017 Feb 3;12(2):e0171206) has further added to the repertoire of health benefits of fruits and vegetables by demonstrating the psychological benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. 

 The study participants included 171 young adults aged 18-25 years. They were grouped into two: one group was assigned into a diet-as-usual control condition. They took their normal diets and were sent regular text-reminders to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables and were also given a voucher to purchase fruits and vegetables. In the second group, or a fruit and vegetable intervention condition, the study participants were given two additional daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables along with their normal diet.

 The researchers found that only those young adults who were provided with high-quality fruits and vegetables showed improvements to their psychological well-being with increases in vitality, flourishing and motivation across the study duration of two weeks. The strongest effects were found for motivation. However, no changes in symptoms of depression and anxiety were observed.
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