16:38 13 February 2017
A new study has discovered the psychological benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. In a study participated by 171 adults aged between 18 and 25, researchers from the University of Otago uncovered evidence proving that naturally-grown food can potentially tackle depression within two weeks.
The participants were split into three groups and were told to either continue eating as normal or encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables for two weeks. Some participants were even personally given two extra daily servings of fresh produce such as oranges, carrots, kiwifruit and apples.
Participants who ate more fruits and vegetables over fortnight showed significant improvements to their psychological well-being, with boosts in vitality and motivation.
Study author Dr Tamlin Conner said: 'The message from this study is we should be giving people more fruits and vegetables to eat, not simply reminding people to eat their 5+ a day.
'People in dormitories, children in daycare centres, patients in hospitals, employees in the workplace, could be provided with fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.'