Which Foods Increase Happiness?

By Teresa Starr

March 4, 2016

Can FOOD affect your MOOD? Does what we eat really make a difference in our psychological wellbeing? Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org., recently reported on how the food we eat truly can affect our level of happiness.

In the following video,Michael Herschel Greger, discusses a growing body of literature suggesting that fruits and vegetables may actually have the potential to influence our psychological wellbeing. Cross sectional studies, from all over the world, indicated that there is a relationship between happiness and fruit and veggie intake. Dr. Greger also reported that “Optimism was associated with greater carotenoid concentration.” A study done in Great Britain, found that daily servings of fruits and vegetables improved happiness. The higher the level of consumption of fruits and veggies, the higher reported levels of happiness.

Dr. Greger stated, “Many fruits and vegetables contain high levels of vitamin c, an important co-factor in the production of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that underlies motivation and promotes engagement by adding attraction or zest to life.”

Dr. G. also reports that antioxidants (found in fruits and veggies), also decrease inflammation. This can protect against depression and create higher levels of eudemonic wellbeing (flourishing, creativity, engagement, curiosity, meaning and purpose in life).

Watch this awesome video for more insights from Dr. Greger.

Which Foods Increase Happiness?

Michael Herschel Greger is an American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

For more awesome and informative videos by Dr. Gregor, go to his website at www.nutritionfacts.org.

To learn more about his website, go here: NutritionFacts.org.

Teresa Starr

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