Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake Improves Vitality in Young Adults
Increased fruit and vegetable intake improves psychological well-being in young adults who reported depressive symptoms, anxiety, and other similar outcomes, according to a study published in PLoS One. Researchers assigned 171 participants (18-25 years old) to one of three groups: a control group, a group that received reminders via text message to consume more fruits and vegetables, and a dietary intervention group with additional daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Those in the dietary intervention group increased their vitality and motivation when compared to groups that consumed fewer fruits and vegetables. The authors call for more interventions that provide fruits and vegetables, in addition to nutrition education, to improve psychological health across this population.
Conner TS, Brookie KL, Carr AC, Mainvil LA, Vissers MC. Let them eat fruit! The effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on psychological well-being in young adults: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2017;12:e0171206.
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