Birmingham [UK]July 15 (ANI): According to a recent study by Aston University’s College of Health and Biological Sciences, people who regularly consume fruit are more likely to have better levels of positive mental well-being and experience fewer symptoms of depression. .
The study is published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
According to the researchers, the frequency of fruit consumption is more important for psychological health than the total amount consumed during a typical week.
The study also found that people who ate salty foods with low nutrient content, such as chips, were more likely to report more severe anxiety symptoms.
The study, which was conducted on 428 individuals from across the UK and was published in the British Journal of Nutrition, examined the relationship between the consumption of fruit, vegetables, sweet and savory snacks and psychological well-being.
Both nutrient-dense fruit and nutrient-poor savory snacks appeared to be associated with psychological health after controlling for demographic and lifestyle characteristics, including age, general health and activity, the study found. Additionally, they found no association between vegetable consumption and psychological well-being.
Regardless of the total amount of fruit eaten, people who ate more fruit had lower depression scores and better mental health, according to the survey.
People who frequently consumed nutrient-poor savory snacks (such as chips) were more likely to report poorer mental health and experience “daily mental failures” (also known as subjective cognitive failures). Higher levels of worry, stress, and despair, as well as poorer mental health ratings, were observed when there were more errors.
In contrast, there was no correlation between these common memory impairments and consumption of fruits, vegetables, or sugary snacks, indicating a special link between these nutrient-poor savory snacks, prevalent memory impairments, and psychological health.
These annoying tiny everyday memory lapses included forgetting where things were placed, forgetting why you entered a certain room, and having trouble remembering the names of friends whose names were “on the tip of the tongue.” “Very little is known about how diet may affect mental health and well-being, and although we did not directly investigate causality here, our findings may suggest that frequent snacking on nutrient-poor salty foods may increase daily mental distress, which , in turn, worsens psychological health,” said lead author and graduate student Nicola-Jane Tuck.
However, few researchers have examined fruits and vegetables on their own, and even fewer have assessed frequency and amount of consumption. Other studies have established a link between fruit and vegetable consumption and mental health.
“Both fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of antioxidants, fiber and other micronutrients that support good brain health, but cooking can deplete these nutrients. The higher impact of fruit on our mental health can be explained by the fact that we are more likely to consume it uncooked.’ It’s likely that changing our snacking habits could be a relatively quick and easy way to improve our mental health. On the other hand, it’s also possible that the looming ban on processed snacks at checkouts, set to take effect in October, could improve both the nation’s physical and emotional health.
In general, it is absolutely worth trying to develop a habit of reaching for fruit. (ANI)