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