Everybody knows fruits and vegetables are good for you. And if you’re like most folks, you manage to fit in a couple of servings every day.
But new research has revealed those choice pickings from the produce aisle can do a lot more than boost your physical health. They can transform your mental health too.
And, incredibly, they can do it within 14 days flat!
The new study, published in the journal PLOS One, found that a modest increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat could significantly improve your outlook on life.1
Keep reading to find out how you can put this breakthrough to work for you.
Happiness skyrocketed in 14 days with FOOD
Researchers divided volunteers into three groups. They asked folks in the first group to continue eating as they normally do.
The second group continued to eat as they normally would too. But the researchers also gave them a selection of produce.
The bag contained two weeks’ worth of enticing fresh fruits and vegetables (kiwi or oranges, apples and carrots) to eat. And the scientists asked them to eat at least one additional fruit serving and one additional vegetable serving a day.
Group three received two text messages a day. The messages used techniques designed to motivate them to increase the amount of fruits and veggies they were eating to at least five combined servings daily.
And they received a voucher to buy the extra produce as well.
At the start of the study, and then again at the end all the volunteers were given a series of psychological tests to assess their overall psychological well-being (or “happiness”).
The assessments evaluated their daily…
- negative moods
- positive moods
- vitality levels
- level of flourishing
- amount of curiosity
- creativity level
The researchers found that the folks in group two who had eaten an extra veggie and an extra fruit a day had significant improvements in several categories.
Is the key to happiness a fruit basket?
By the end of the two weeks, they had jumps in three major areas showing improvements to their psychological well-being…
In other words, within just 14 days their happiness levels had significantly improved.
And if your not a fan of nagging I have more good news. The regular text message pushes didn’t work . Group three didn’t see any boost in their level of well-being, despite being encouraged to eat more fruits and veggies and having them paid for.
Although the researchers didn’t see improvements in depression or anxiety, they weren’t surprised. The study only lasted two weeks and likely wasn’t long enough to have a measurable impact in those areas.
But the research opens up some exciting possibilities. Quick, and incredibly easy, improvements to your happiness level could be as simple as reaching for the fruit basket more often.
You can try eating more oranges, kiwis, apples and carrots like the volunteers in group two. But if you want to get even more bang out of your produce buck we suggest you add some purple produce to your shopping cart as well.
Need more motivation? Check out our special report Surprising hidden-in-plain-sight superfoods for some more ideas on how to boost your health, and happiness, with common foods.
1. “Let them eat fruit! The effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on psychological well-being in young adults: A randomized controlled trial,” PLOS One, Published February 3, 2017
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