New study shows eating more veggies and fruits will increases happiness

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According to a new study, consuming more veggies and fruits can substantially increase happiness levels in human beings.

Researchers found that people who changed from almost  not fruit or veg diet to 8 portions (640 grams approximately) a day experienced an increase in level of life satisfaction, equivalent  to moving from unemployment to employment.

Researchers say that the changes began to show within 24 months.

“Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health,” said Andrew Oswald from University of Warwick in the UK.

“People’s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later. However, well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate,” said Mr. Oswald.

The study followed over 12,000 people, selected in random. The subjects were asked to keep a record of what they ate and were had their psychological well-being measured.

Researchers found that the improved diet resulted in large positive psychological benefits within two years.

“Perhaps our results will be more effective than traditional messages in convincing people to have a healthy diet,” said Redzo Mujcic from University of Queensland in Australia.

“There is a psychological payoff now from fruit and vegetables — not just a lower health risk decades later,” said Mr. Mujcic.

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