Forget five a day – eight portions of fruit and veg makes people happier

12 October 2012

People looking to stay healthy have been encouraged to forget about having their five a day and instead opt for either seven or even eight portions of fruit and vegetables.

Research from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy at Warwick University's Department of Economics believes that having larger portions of fruit and veg make people far happier.

In fact, the study underlined that those who enjoyed between seven and eight portions a day were more cheerful, more loved and more optimistic about the future than those who ate five a day.

The results were found after 80,000 Brits were asked to give a score of between zero and ten regarding their satisfaction of life. Those who had around eight portions of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis had an average score that was one point higher than those who did not have any of these foods.

Professor Andrew Oswald, from the university behind the research, commented: "We think we're on to something really important here. However, we don't really know why this is – whether there is something in the biochemistry of the fruit and veg which works inside humans."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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