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Monday, March 20, 2017

More Veggies, Less Stress

Need yet another reason to load up on fruits and veggies? It could lower your risk of stress, especially if you’re a woman, according to a new large-scale study. Researchers found that women who ate five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day had a 23 percent lower risk of stress, compared with women who consumed zero to one serving per day. 

Other notable findings included: 
  • Women who consumed two servings of fruits daily had a 16 percent lower risk of stress than women who consumed zero to one serving. 
  • Eating three to four servings of vegetables daily was linked to an 18 percent lower stress risk.
  • When looking at the results by sex, the researchers found that the link was much stronger for women.
  • Moderate fruit intake alone had no significant benefit on psychological stress.
While further research is needed to better determine how these foods impact stress, past studies have found that folate-rich leafy greens (spinach, kale) can help increase the production of feel-good mood stabilizers in the brain. In the meantime, it certainly can't hurt to add more fruits and vegetables to your recovery diet. Here are some tips: 
  • Whip up a smoothie. Add some spinach, strawberries and a half of banana – or another variation of your favorite fruits and veggies. 
  • Start the morning with a veggie-packed omelet. Add peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach or onions to your favorite eggs.
  • Double up. A little extra chopping can go a long way for your vegetable intake, so next time a soup or salad recipe calls for a certain amount of veggies, double it. 
  • Grate your way to goodness. Get creative in the kitchen by shredding or pureeing fruits and vegetables and adding them to your favorite recipes. Think grated zucchini and carrots in turkey burgers or pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese. 
  • Go seasonal. Hit your local farmer’s market and experiment with a new seasonal fruit or vegetable each week. 
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