October 10, 2012

Scientists Change Fruit and Vegetable Recommendations to 7 Servings Daily


As an educator, the Five a Day campaign has been the focus of nutrition information. Forget the food groups of my youth, or even the more modern food pyramid...today, children are encouraged to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. As much as this a challenge for many Americans, scientists have just raised the ante to seven a day.

Daily Mail explains not only are seven servings better for your health, it makes you happier:

They have discovered that people who eat between seven and eight portions a day felt more cheerful, loved and optimistic about the future.

Seven a day: Scientists claim that people who eat between seven and eight portions of fruit and veg a day felt happier about themselves and life

Researchers from the University of Warwick analysed surveys involving 80,000 Britons which included questions on their diet and general feelings.

Each person was given a score between 0 and 10 based on their satisfaction with life.

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Those who ate more than eight portions a day got an average score of one point higher than people who didn't eat any.

Professor Andrew Oswald from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, said: 'This study has shown surprising results and I have decided it is prudent to eat more fruit and vegetables. I am keen to stay cheery.'...

Their study, published in the journal Social Indicators Research, concludes: 'Our findings are consistent with the need for high levels of fruit-and-vegetable consumption for mental health and not merely for physical health.'

The academics do not know exactly how fruit and veg may improve wellbeing.
But they contain chemicals known as antioxidants which are thought to reduce stress levels.

Recently several studies have found that children who eat more fruit and veg are less at risk of depression in later life.

The link between nutrition, mental health, and physical health cannot be denied.  We are whole beings.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at October 10, 2012 4:42 PM

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