In today's society, many people suffer from the negative effects of stress. Researchers have now found that the consumption of three to four servings of fruit vegetables a day results in a significant reduction in the stress that occurs.
The scientists at the University of Sydney found that the daily intake of sufficient fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce the perceived stress compared to people who consume only a small amount of fruit or vegetables. The physicians published the results of their study in the journal "BMF Open".
Researchers Investigate 60,000 Participants for Their Study
An investigation by more than 60,000 Australians over the age of 45 analyzed the impact of the consumption of fruits and vegetables on the psychological impact of the participants. The psychological stress was measured with the aid of the so-called Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, a questionnaire that measures the general anxiety and depression. The fruit and vegetable consumption was assessed on the basis of a few short questions.
What causes consumption of fruit and vegetables?
When people consume three to four servings of vegetables daily, the perceived stress drops by 12 per cent. When the subjects took five to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day, the stress was even reduced by 14 percent compared to subjects who consumed less than three servings a day.