Eating veggies and fruits daily could reduce stress in women

Another good reason to eat fruits and vegetables has been revealed in a new research.

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First the highlight. Moderate fruit and vegetable intake reduced the risk of stress in women by as much as 23%.

60,404 men and women aged 45 and older were analysed, all of whom were part of the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study – a large-scale study of more than 267,000 adults from Australia.

Psychological distress was measured using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, a 10-item questionnaire. This checks the level of anxiety and depression

Dr. Melody Ding of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health:

This study shows that moderate daily fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with lower rates of psychological stress.

It also reveals that moderate daily vegetable intake alone is linked to a lower incidence of psychological stress. Moderate fruit intake alone appears to confer no significant benefit on people’s psychological stress.

Key findings:

  • people who ate three to four daily serves of vegetables had a 12 percent lower risk of stress than those who ate zero to one serves daily;
  • people who ate five to seven daily serves of fruit and vegetables had a 14 percent lower risk of stress than those who ate zero to four serves daily;
  • women who ate three to four daily serves of vegetables had an 18 percent lower risk of stress than women who ate zero to one serves daily;
  • women who ate two daily serves of fruit had a 16 percent lower risk of stress than women who ate zero to one serves daily;
  • women who ate five to seven daily serves of fruit and vegetables had a 23 percent lower risk of stress than women who ate zero to one serves daily.

The study is in the BMJ Open

With information from Psychcentral