It’s common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are important to our physical health (current USDA guidelines recommend 2 1/2 cups of veggies per day, plus 2 cups of fruit). But you’ve probably never considered how eating an apple or some broccoli could affect your mood—until now. New research conducted by the University of Warwick in England suggests that loading up on produce can significantly improve happiness levels in as little as two years. The results are published in the American Journal of Public Health.
In hopes of motivating people to make healthier food choices, the researchers set out to determine whether increasing fruit and vegetable consumption creates short-term improvements in psychological well-being. Specifically, they considered how much happier people became with every extra portion, adjusting for changes in happiness and life satisfaction due to changing incomes and personal circumstances.
Excerpted from realsimple.com