Finnish researchers recently published a study in European Geriatric Medicine, showing a connection between happiness and fruit and vegetable intake in older men.
The researchers had over 300 men between the ages of 82 and 97 fill out two surveys: one for health (including mental health) and one for diet. They then analyzed the surveys for happiness scores, diet quality scores, and food intake.
What the researchers found was that the more the participants ate fruit and vegetables, the happier they were. As well, the more the participants skipped their midday meal or reduced how much they ate, the less happy they were.
This study joins a growing body of research showing a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. Here at Truehope, we’ve been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.