Teens who eat lots of fruits and vegetables are likely to enjoy better mental health. That’s the key takeaway from a new study that also tied a nutritious breakfast and lunch to emotional well-being in kids of all ages.
The study comes as poor mental health is a growing concern for all young people, because problems often persist into adulthood, leading to underachievement and a poorer quality of life, according to the study authors.
This large and well-done British study had some extremely valuable findings for today’s parents:
You’ve likely known about the importance of good nutrition for childhood physical health — such as their growth and development. But, this study provides the first insights into how fruit and vegetable intake affects children’s mental health.
As such, it contributes to the emerging evidence around “food and mood” when it comes to kids.
It now appears that nutrition is also highly relevant to childhood mental well-being as well as their physical health.
The findings were published in the BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. More details are available at DrWalt.com.
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