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Association between Fruit and Vegetable Intakes and Mental Health in the Australian Diabetes Obesity and Lifestyle Cohort

High dietary ingestion of fruits and vegetables may have a positive effect on the mental health of men and women.

This study explored the impact of regular intake of fruits and vegetables on mental health. With the aid of validated food frequency questionnaires, researchers collated and analyzed the dietary data of 5,845 Australian men and women. The mental health of all the participants was also assessed at multiple times during the course of the study. 

After 5 years of follow up, researchers observed that participants on high fruit and vegetable diets experienced a significant improvement in their mental health. This 2021 study of Australian men and women revealed that creating more space for fruits and vegetables in our plates may be beneficial for our mental health.

Research Summary Information

  • 2021
  • Joanna Rees, Simone Radavelli Bagatini, Johnny Lo, Jonathan M Hodgson, Claus T Christophersen, Robin M Daly, Dianna J Magliano, Jonathan E Shaw, Marc Sim, Catherine P Bondonno, Lauren C Blekkenhorst, Joanne M Dickson, Joshua R Lewis, Amanda Devine
  • Institute for Nutrition Research, Edith Cowan University, Perth 6027, Australia. School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth 6027, Australia. School of Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth 6027, Australia. Medical School, University of Western Australia, Perth 6009, Australia. Centre for Integrative Metabolomics & Computational Biology, School of Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth 6027, Australia. WA Human Microbiome Collaboration Centre, School of Molecular & Life Sciences, Curtin University, Perth 6102, Australia. Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Deakin University, Melbourne 3125, Australia. Clinical Diabetes and Epidemiology, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne 3004, Australia. Psychology Discipline, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Perth 6027, Australia. Centre for Kidney Research, Children's Hospital at Westmead, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney 2145, Australia.
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