Food Friday: Don’t Worry, Fruit Happy

A new study from Britain shows that eating 7 servings of fruits and vegetables is linked to greater happiness.

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We know an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It can also put a smile on your face. A new study out of Britain shows that eating 7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is linked to happiness.

Researchers analyzed the diets of 80,000 British men and women and found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were the happiest. Seven servings was indicated as the ideal number.

Researchers aren’t claiming a cause-effect relationship. Think about it: Do people who eat more fruits and vegetables actually become happier, or are happy people more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables? There’s no definitive answer.

Either way, we know that eating more fruits and vegetables is linked with decreased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. So even if that extra side of kale doesn’t make you feel like laughing on the outside, you’ll be laughing on the inside.

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