Getting the recommended dose of fruit (two cups) and veggies (three cups) each day has definitely been shown to improve all sorts of health markers, like blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation, plus they reduce risk of heart disease and obesity—all great reasons to pack your plate full of them.
But a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health has revealed that bumping that up to eight cups can provide the same boost in happiness as getting a new job after being unemployed. Researchers also found that increasing your intake by just one portion every day can make you incrementally happier, and noted that the overall benefits of upping your consumption of fruits and veggies are almost immediate compared with the long-term positive effects on physical health.
If that doesn’t sound like a sure thing, nothing ever will.
Once you’ve reached your two cups of fruit and three cups of veggies daily quota, be sure to save room for some of these other science-backed, feel-good foods.