Food news: The secret to everlasting happiness is parsnips, apparently

Not content with decreasing your risk of heart attacks and cancer, chowing down on more fruit and veg can actually give you life satisfaction too. Thanks carrots!

Hands up whose parents made them stay at the table until all of their vegetables had been eaten?

Well it’s time to say thank you; scientists have discovered that people who eat their greens are actually happier about life.

(Probably not in the exact moment that they’re forcing down a kale smoothie, but pretty soon after.)

The study followed more than 12,000 people over a six-year period, finding that happiness “increased incrementally for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables” added to a person’s diet.

In fact, researchers concluded that the difference in happiness levels after two years of boosting fruit and veg intake was akin to an unemployed person finding a job.

Yes, your broccoli has that much of an effect.

Professor Andrew Oswald explained that the findings were a positive step in educating people about the benefits of fresh produce.

“People’s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later,” he said.

“However, wellbeing improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate.”

That really is a turnip for the books, hey? Hey?

By Deirdre Fogarty

If you're ready to test that happiness theory, may we suggest grilled fruit salad with coconut yoghurt or roast vegetables with basil and feta polenta? And for more food news and Test Kitchen know-how, check out the links below.

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