We all know of the physical health benefits of eating 5aday. But now a study has shown that eating fruit and vegetables can improve mental health too. Interestingly only in women.
The research done at the University of Sydney showed women who ate 5 to 7 portions of fruit and veg a day had a 27% lower risk of stress. The benefits are thought to come from certain nutrients which increase the production of serotonin and dopamine which help improve mood. Folate for example is found in dark leafy greens and spinach.
Interestingly the results for men were not significant. Researchers explained this may be due to physiological differences in men and women, although they admitted that the other reason maybe that women were just better at remembering what they had eaten!