Highlights

  • Children who eat more fruit, vegetables have better mental health
  • Researchers examined data from almost 9,000 children
  • Children who ate five or more servings of fruits & vegetables per day had the best mental health ratings

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Parents take note! Children need to up their fruit and veggie game to improve their mental well-being

In a recent study, kids who consumed the recommended five or more portions of fruits and vegetables a day had the highest mental well-being scores.

A new study has discovered that children who eat a healthier diet rich in fruits and vegetables had improved mental health. The study's findings were published in the British Medical Publication's Nutrition Prevention and Health journal.

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The research team examined data from almost 9,000 children in 50 schools (7,570 secondary and 1,253 primary school children). For the study, children reported their dietary choices and took part in age-appropriate tests of mental well-being that covered cheerfulness, relaxation and having good interpersonal relationships.

As per the findings, children who ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day had the best mental health ratings. Researchers also found that children who ate a healthy breakfast and lunch experienced better well-being over those who only had a snack or drink.

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