Eating More Veggies Could Lower Your Stress

October 7, 2017

Clinical Contributors to this Story

Scott J. Druckman, D.O. contributes to topics such as Behavioral Health, Nutrition.

The next time you’re feeling stressed out, try reaching for a salad. A large study of more than 60,000 Australians ages 45 and older found that eating more fruits and veggies could help keep stress at bay.

Overall, people who ate between five and seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day had a 14 percent lower risk for stress compared with those who ate one serving or less a day. And women, in particular, who ate five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day had a 23 percent lower risk for stress over their counterparts who ate one serving or less.

“This study shows that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables every day isn’t only good for your body, but good for your mind as well,” says Scott Druckman, D.O., of Ocean Medical Center.

Your local farmers market is a great place to stock up on local produce. Visit Hackensack Meridian Health at the Asbury Fresh Farmers Market the second Sunday of each month through November.