More Fruit, More Veggies, More Happy

More Fruit, More Veggies, More HappyA new study reveals that a higher daily intake of fruits and vegetables results in a greater sense of happiness and mental well-being.

Feeling blue? Perhaps you need more reds, greens, and yellows in your diet. According to a new study from the University of Warwick and Dartmouth College, upping your fruit and veggie intake to seven servings daily from the typically recommended five servings promotes happiness and improved mental health.

Researchers studied the dietary habits of 80,000 people in Britain and surveyed participants on life satisfaction, mental well-being, history or presence of mental disorders, nervousness, feelings of depression, and personal self-reported health and happiness.

As subjects' daily intake of fruits and vegetables increased, so did their sense of happiness and well-being. The dose-dependent pattern peaked at seven servings per day; eating more yielded no additional mood enhancement.

Though experts recommend five servings of fruits and vegetables per day for optimal health, the authors of the study report that 25 percent of British people consume one or no servings each day, and only a tenth of the entire British population meets the seven or more a day goal.

And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 14 percent of adult Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables, with 33 percent getting the recommended two or more daily servings of fruit, and 27 percent meeting the recommended three or more daily servings of vegetables.

“The statistical power of fruit and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers,” says Sarah Stewart-Brown, MD, professor of public health at Warwick Medical School and study co-author. However, she stresses that there is still more to learn regarding the link between serving size and its effect on mood and well-being.

Source: Everyday Health


  1. This is so true! Ever since I started eating more F&V and doing green smoothies twice a day too, I feel great!


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