We know that following a healthy diet is important for our physical
health, but a new study finds it can be good for our mental health, too.
Researchers from Aston University in England have discovered that
eating more fruit is associated with better overall mental wellbeing as
well as fewer depressive symptoms.
The team of researchers surveyed more than 400 adults about their
diets, specifically their snacking habits, as well as their psychological
health. After adjusting for factors like age, general health and exercise
habits, they found that those who eat fruit more often had lower scores
for depression and higher scores for mental wellbeing. And on the flip
side, those who eat more “nutrient-poor savory foods,” like chips, were
more likely to experience “everyday mental lapses” and have lower
mental well being.
Researchers point out that both fruits and vegetables contain
antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals, but the way we
typically eat them could make a big difference when it comes to getting
the mental health benefits. We tend to cook veggies and these nutrients
can be lost during cooking, but since we usually eat fruit raw, that could
explain its stronger effect on our mental health. While the study can’t
prove that eating fruit more often improved their mental health directly,
lead study author Dr. Nicola-Jayne Tuck concludes, “Overall, it’s
definitely worth trying to get into the habit of reaching for the fruit bowl.
Finally, something I’m already doing that’s good for my mental
With all the good fruit that’s in season in the summer, what’s in your
Will this research make you more likely to grab a handful of cherries
instead of chips?