Love Ding Dongs and Twinkies? Here Comes Stress
For those of you who live on Big Macs, Ding Dongs and Cheetos, get ready for more anxiety and unrest.
That's because a new study has shown that eating more fruits and vegetables can battle stress,
According to newswise.com, eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is associated with less stress, according to new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU).
The findings, conducted on 8,600 Australians from the ages of 25 to 91, revealed people who ate at least 470 grams (a little over 16 ounces) of fruit and vegetables daily had 10 per cent lower stress levels than those who ate less than eight ounces.
The World Health Organization is a little more lenient. It says you only need about 14 ounces, or five servings total of fruit and vegetables a day.
Lead researcher, PhD candidate Simone Radavelli-Bagatini from ECU's Institute for Nutrition Research, said the study strengthens the link between diets rich in fruit and vegetables and mental well-being.
"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 well-being," Ms Radavelli-Bagatini. tells newswise.
"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," adds Ms Radavelli-Bagatini.
"Previous studies have shown the link between fruit and vegetable consumption and stress in younger adults, but this is the first time we're seeing similar results across adults of all ages," reports Ms Radavelli-Bagatini. "The study's findings emphasize that it's important for people to have a diet rich in fruit and vegetables to potentially minimize stress."