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Eating vegetables and fruits linked to lower risk of stress in women

By jeremyc | March 17, 2017

A new study gives one more reason to eat several servings of fruits and vegetables daily. According to the study, the risk of stress in middle-aged women eating moderate quantity of vegetables and fruits is lower than their counterparts who eat fewer servings of fruits and vegetables.

Stress has become a universal phenomenon. It affects both physical as well as mental health. Studies have linked stress to several diseases. Recently a study revealed that risk of obesity is greater in people with chronic stress. Other studies have shown that there’s a link between stress and diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

In today’s age, avoiding stress completely is more of a wishful thinking than a possibility. Everybody experiences stress at some point in their lives, whether because of money-related issues, emotional worries, family problems, or something else.

The latest study suggests an easy yet effective way to lower the risk of stress: eating more vegetables and fruits daily.

For their research, scientists analyzed data of more than 60,000 men and women. The age of participants was 45 or more.

The researchers found that higher intake of vegetables of fruits lowered the risk of stress in both men and women. However, greater benefit was noted in women

Overall, adults eating 3-4 servings of vegetables and fruits showed a 12 percent lower risk of stress compared with adults who ate 0-1 serving. Whereas, adults who ate 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits daily were 14 percent likely to experience stress than adults consuming 0-4 servings daily.

Women eating 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits daily were found to be 23 percent likely to experience stress than women with an intake of 0-1 serving a day.

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