Fruit and Veggies SLASH Stress and Anxiety
Did you know that a diet high in fruit and veggies can lower stress levels by 25%?? There is growing evidence suggesting a link between diet and a person’s mental health. The more fruit and veggies consumed, the lower the rates of psychological stress. Australian researchers have determined that people who eat 5-7 portions of fruit and veggies per day receive the biggest benefit. It is women’s stress and anxiety levels that plummet the most (23% ) from eating 5-7 portions of fruit and veggies each day.
It is well known that eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies contributes to good health, whereas eating processed foods contributes to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. It is interesting that new research shows both fruit and veggies must be eaten for stress and anxiety levels to be slashed, not just one or the other.
When people are under stress, they tend to want to eat comfort food that is normally not healthy. Comfort food or snacking on junk food leads to weight gain. Snacking on fruit and veggies produces the opposite effect.
Research shows that eating up to 14 oz. of fruit and veggies a day was associated with 24% reduced risk of heart disease, 33% reduced risk of stroke, 28% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a 13% reduced risk of total cancer. As an example, a 2.8 oz portion of fruit is equal to a small banana, apple pear or orange.
Bottom line, having fruit and veggies available at work to snack on will help keep your stress levels down, make you feel better and be more productive!
So while everyone else clears cobwebs, makes new year resolutions and scours floors, why not take a look at your diet and spring-clean an even more important home your body?