You knew fruits and vegetables could make you healthier, but did you know they could make you happier? . . .

For three weeks, 281 healthy college students recorded their consumption of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, pastries, chips and fries while keeping track of their mood. And it turned out that they had more positive moods on the days they ate more fruit and vegetables. And it seemed to last. Positive mood was also linked to how much fruit and vegetables you ate the day before. The students experienced more negative moods on the days they ate more fries and chips and less fruit and vegetables. 

For fruit and vegetables to improve your mood, it seems that you need to eat about seven to eight servings a day.

This is not the first time that healthy diets have been linked to healthy moods. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to improve social functioning, emotional health and vitality (Eur J Clin Nutr 2012;66:360-368).

Br J Health Psychol 2013;doi:10.1111/bjhp.12021

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