Raw Fruit and Vegetables for Better Mental Health

We all know how important are fruit and vegetables for the proper functioning of our body. Every healthy lifestyle blog or magazine, as well as top nutritionists and dietitians will tell you about the “five-a-day” rule. This means you have to eat five servings a day, and you can take this rule as a basis for your own healthy diet.

However, the research goes deeper with time, and the newest studies reveal that raw and processed/canned veggies and fruit can’t be in one point on the list anymore. Especially when we talk about improving your mental health and proper emotional functioning.

Raw vs Canned Fruit and Vegetables

Raw fruit and veggies contain micronutrients that may alter your mood and help you get rid of any symptoms of some of the most popular mental health issues these days like depression and anxiety.

However, when you cook your food or buy it processed or canned, you lose the major part of those nutrients that can aid in proper mental and physical processes in your body.

The ten best items to have raw in your diet, according to the specialists, are:

  1. Apples
  2. Bananas
  3. Berries
  4. Carrots
  5. Citruses
  6. Cucumbers
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Lettuce
  10. Spinach

The Study Behind the Facts

The New Zealand University of Otago had a group of specialists researching the effect of veggies and fruit on the human body. As most public health ads and programs unite processed and raw foods, now it’s probably the time to change that policy and agitate healthy lifestyle in a more precise way.

The researchers conducted a survey with 400 participants in the US and New Zealand. They chose the “young adults” age group (18-25 years old), because statistically they don’t have enough healthy food in their diets and are the most predisposed to symptoms of depression and other mental conditions.

Such factors as diet choices, sleep regime, health issues, physical activity, etc. were also measured to provide precise outcomes of the survey. The scientists assessed and analyzed their diets, cooked and raw product consumption, as well as the current state of physical and mental health.

As the result, participants who consumed more fresh raw fruit and vegetables experienced better mood and more life satisfaction. These benefits were not as noticeable in those who preferred processed products. So the next time you go out for food, try finding good mood in the raw product aisle at your grocery store instead of the processed food section.

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