Raw Fruits and Veggies Best for Mental Health!
Eating more fruits and vegetables rich in micronutrients has been associated with better mental health, but a new study suggests that eating them raw is best for mood. To investigate whether raw fruit and vegetable intake (FVI) is more strongly associated with a range of mental health outcomes than processed FVI, the researchers conducted a cross-sectional survey of 422 adults aged 18 to 25 years living in New Zealand and the United States (66% women, 67% white).
@nilabjo Six aspects of mental health were measured to capture both negative and positive aspects of the illness/wellness continuum: depressive symptoms, anxiety, negative mood, positive mood, life satisfaction, and flourishing. Raw FVI had the strongest positive associations with most of the mental health measures. After controlling for demographic and health covariates, raw FVI was associated with fewer depressive symptoms and higher positive mood, life satisfaction, and flourishing. Intake of raw fruits was also associated with reduced negative mood. By contrast, processed FVI was only positively associated with mood; it was not positively associated with any of the other mental health variables.