New Zealand scientists have found that eating raw fruits and vegetables is beneficial to mental health.
The study was organized by the University of Otago, New Zealand, involving more than 400 18~25 old young people in New Zealand and the United States. In terms of dietary habits, the intake of fruit and vegetables in this age group is usually lower than that of other ages, and the risk of mental illness is higher at this age. The researchers tracked the subjects ‘ intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and cooking processed foods, as well as their mental health status, and confirmed that the raw fruits and vegetables had the effect of regulating mood and improving mental health after removing variables such as sex, race, economic level and various chronic diseases. The findings are published in the recently published issue of the psychological frontier .
Tamlin Conner, a psychologist who participates in research, points out that improving the diet is indeed a safe and convenient way to improve mental health. After the process of cooking, pickling or canned storage, the nutrients contained in fresh fruits and vegetables must be lost, which leads to the limitation of their effect on mood improvement. The researchers listed ten fresh fruits and vegetables that are most beneficial to mental health, namely carrots, bananas, apples, dark green vegetables (such as spinach), grapes, lettuce, oranges, berries, cucumbers and kiwi.