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An Extra Serving of Fruit and Veggies Each Day Helps Keep the Blues Away

Getting in your daily serving of greens can have a positive impact on your mental health, says new study.

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An Extra Serving of Fruit and Veggies Each Day Helps Keep the Blues Away
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Everyone knows that eating the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables has great health benefits like protecting you from chronic diseases and leading to a longer life, just to name a few.

But now, researchers have discovered an added bonus you may not have seen coming: Your mood.

And in case one added bonus wasn't enough, here's another: It's especially true for women. Women who eat 5-7 daily servings of fruit and vegetables have a 23% lower stress risk than women who eat little to none, according to a new study published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal Open.

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In the study, researchers measured data—fruit and vegetable consumption, lifestyle factors, and psychological distress at two different time points—from more than 60,00 Australian adults. They found that being female (sorry, ladies), younger, overweight, or a smoker increased a person's risk factor for psychological distress. What's more, they discovered that as women's fruit and vegetable daily intake increased (up to a certain threshold), their stress levels were more likely to decrease. 

"We found that fruit and vegetables were more protective for women than men, suggesting that women may benefit more from fruit and vegetables," said Binh Nguyen, study author and University of Sydney PhD student.

If that isn't enough to convince you to incorporate fruit and veggies into your diet, check out the additional nutritional benefits of vegetables and these 6 delicious fruit smoothie recipes.

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