Eating more fruit, vegetables linked to less stress: Study

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Sumary of Eating more fruit, vegetables linked to less stress: Study:

  • The study examined the link between fruit and vegetable intake and stress levels of more than 8,600 Australians aged between 25 and 91 participating in the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) Study from Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute..
  • Lead researcher, PhD candidate Simone Radavelli-Bagatini from ECU Institute for Nutrition Research, said the study strengthens the link between diets rich in fruit and vegetables and mental wellbeing..
  • “We found that people who have higher fruit and veggie intakes are less stressed than those with lower intakes, which suggests diet plays a key role in mental wellbeing,”.
  • According to Radavelli-Bagatini, some stress is considered normal, but long-term exposure can significantly impact mental health..
  • “Long-term and unmanaged stress can lead to a range of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety so we need to find ways to prevent and possibly alleviate mental health problems in the future,”.
  • The benefits of a healthy diet are well known, but only 1 in 2 Australians eat the recommended two serves of fruit per day and fewer than 1 in 10 eat the recommended five serves of vegetables each day….

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