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Eating fruits and veggies lifts mood

india Updated: Jan 24, 2013 23:03 IST

Eating more fruit and vegetables may make young people calmer, happier and more energetic in their daily life, according to a new research.

Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand investigated the relationship between day-to-day emotions and food consumption.

The results showed a strong day-to-day relationship between more positive mood and higher fruit and vegetable consumption, but not other foods.

“On days when people ate more fruits and vegetables, they reported feeling calmer, happier and more energetic than they normally did,” Conner said.

To understand which comes first — feeling positive or eating healthier foods — Conner and her team ran additional analyses and found that eating fruits and vegetables predicted improvements in positive mood the next day, suggesting that healthy foods may improve mood.

The findings held regardless of the Body Mass Index.