Avoid Bad Mood by Increasing Intake of Fruits & Vegetables

New study from New Zealand may be opening the eyes of many people because the study found that what you eat today will determine your psychological condition the next day.

Researchers acknowledge the findings of several other studies that revealed that eating junk food like candy or potato chips can cause you to feel depressed, bad mood or unhappy. But a team of researchers from the University of Otago is also doubt as to whether to change the menu and switch to fruits or vegetables can give the opposite effect.

To find out the truth, researchers also asked 280 adult participants to keep a journal daily about their diets following how they feel after three weeks.

Of the journal is known that participants consumed on average 1.7 cups of fruits and vegetables every day. But on days when participants ate vegetables and fruit with a portion above the average, they reported an increase in positive feelings (such as calm, contented, cheerful and energetic up to 3 percent for each extra serving.

"Even positive feelings tend to survive until the next day," said researcher Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., professor of health psychology Otago.

Researchers suspect the existence of a number of vitamins and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, including folate and flavonol shown to improve mood.

"These foods also contain complex carbohydrates that can increase the concentration of serotonin in the brain," added Conner. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter itself is a compound that has long been associated with feelings of well-being and happiness that show.

If the study is not convincing enough for you, another study conducted by researchers from Dartmouth and the UK against England were 80,000 people revealed that eating 7-8 cups of fruits and vegetables every day can offset the negative feelings that arise from not having a job or unemployed .

This is because the participants who ate more than 5 cups of fruits and vegetables per day was reported by 27 percent happier and more satisfied with life than participants who ate less than one cup a day. "Try to eat at least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day and avoid chips and corn-based snacks," advises Conner.