Eating Fresh Fruits and Veggies Can Improve Feelings of Well-Being

August 21, 2017 · Posted in Potential Treatments · Comment 

A couple weeks of consuming extra fresh fruits and vegetables can improve well-being, according to a 2017 study of 171 young adults. Those who were given two extra daily servings of carrots, kiwis, apples, or oranges reported increases in vitality and motivation after only two weeks.

Interestingly, participants who received text reminders to eat more produce or $10 vouchers to pay for fruits and vegetables did not see the same improvements as those who were given servings of produce directly. Those who got texts or vouchers were more likely to cook extra vegetable servings or mix them into other meals rather than eating additional raw produce.

The authors led by Tamlin Conner suggested that institutional settings such as schools, dormitories, childcare centers, hospitals, and workplaces could make fresh fruits and vegetables easily available to improve general well-being.