Eating More Fruits and Veggies Makes You Healthier and Happier - Literally!10/17/2012 10:41 AM
Last week, a new peer reviewed study published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology underscored the importance of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. That study concluded that an estimated 20,000 cancer cases could be prevented if half of all Americans increased their consumption of fruits and veggies by a single serving.
The paper also examined potential cancer risk from pesticide residues and concluded, “the overwhelming difference between benefit and risk estimates provides confidence that consumers should not be concerned about cancer risks from consuming conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables.”
These findings reinforce decades of past nutritional and toxicological studies as well as the repeated message from health experts, the government, consumer advocates and environmental groups that consumers should eat more organic and conventional fruits and vegetables and that both production practices provide safe food.
And, there is even more reason to enjoy the bounty found in today’s produce section – eating more fruits and veggies can make you happier! Economists and public health researchers in the United Kingdom studied the eating habits of 80,000 people and found that mental well-being appeared to rise with the number of daily portions of fruits and vegetables people consumed. According to one of the researchers, “This study has shown surprising results and I have decided it is prudent to eat more fruits and vegetables. I am keen to stay cheery.”
What other food group can boast such vast nutritional benefits and now maybe even promote happiness? And, why is this same food group so often disparaged with misleading information and erroneous safety claims? It would seem that the new peer-reviewed consumption study provides yet another science-based example of why this unfair disparagement of safe and healthy fruits and vegetables should stop.
And, based on the new “happiness” study, the Alliance may have to amend our favorite recommendation to consumers that they “read, learn, choose but eat more fruits and vegetables for better health,” to “eat more for better health and to stay cheery!”