A recent study shows that happiness and well-being are highest among people who eat the most fruit and veggies.
The study, published in the August 2016 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, reports that people who ate 7-8 servings of fruit and vegetables every day (the equivalent of a fruit smoothie with breakfast, a kale salad with lunch, sauteed veggies with dinner, and an orange for snack) were the happiest.
These findings aren't new. In fact, the largest such study done in 2012 of 80.000 people in Britain had similar results.
So how do fruits and vegetables make you happier? Studies suggest it's the high levels of Vitamin C in fruit and veggies that assist in the production of dopamine--a chemical in the brain that triggers feelings of joy and a zest for life.
And the antioxidants in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and other nutrients also help reduce inflammation, which is thought to reduce feelings of depression and increase feelings of well-being.
And not just general well-being, but eudaemonic well-being--the highest feelings of purpose, creativity, and curiosity about life.
Yet, sadly, only 1 in 10 Americans eat the minimum recommended daily amount of fruit and veggies, which is just 5 servings, or the equivalent of a banana, an orange, and a salad.
But that's not you, right fam? You wanna be happy, like Kirk Franklin said.
So keep eating those fruit and veggies. You'll love yourself for it! :)
Have a great rest of the week!