The side of Fruits we Never Knew
While we all know the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, we only think of physical benefits. However, according to modern research, not only fruits and vegetables are effective for a healthy body, they also maintain healthy psychology levels.
As we all know, we have been hearing too long from our parents about vegetablebles benefits. “Eat you veggies”, has been common motto for such a long time. Apparently, vegetables and fruits do wonders to physical body.
In university of Otago in New Zealand, a research conducted by Dr. Tamlin showed wonderful results. Dr Tamlin experimented on two groups of 14 people each. One group was given more fruits and vegetables for consecutive 14 days. The ones who received more fruits and vegetables in nutrition displayed amazing levels of motivation. It was clearly shown to be related to their vitality levels.
Their findings have been mentioned in their journal, PLOS ONE.
Another brilliant research by US department of agriculture, we should strive for about 1-2 cups of fruits daily. The department gave similar research for vegetable quantity daily.
For conforming to such diet, all you need to do is to arrange a single fruit every day. It can be apple, orange or anything. Similarly, any vegetable equal to one large potato will set you up.
A healthy intake of fruits and vegetables also shows resistance against diseases produced in body. Some of these diseases can be diabetes, cancer, heart diseases and even strokes.
Increase Motivation and Vitality
About 171 students were enrolled into the program. The aim was to collect data about fruits and vegetables effects on brain.
These students ranged from 18 years old to 25 years old. They were mostly teenagers and young adults. A total of three groups were formed. The time duration for this study was selected to be 14 days.
The first group was instructed to go about their eating business as usual. They were to eat as usual. The other group was handed additional nutritional diets of vegetables and fruits. The study was conducted to find not only the physical effects, but also mental effects on people.
The third group was studied for a different purpose. Instead of giving diets by themselves, the scientists experimented something else on them. These people were given reminders to eat their veggies and fruits more often.
At the beginning, the psychological and physical exercises were given as test. The similar tests were given at the end of the experiments. Results were astounding.
The two groups, one that went on normal diets along with the one that was constantly given reminders, showed little to no difference in test results. They were same as usual.
The third group gave surprising results. The psychological tests included tests of motivation, vitality, stress free lifestyle and similar common behaviors. The researchers were amazed to find that the group that personally received the diet of fruits and vegetables, showed little to no symptoms of psychological problems like stress. The group also gave wonderful results in case of vitality and motivation.
While the first and third group showed no improvement whatsoever in stress or motivation level, the 2nd group that received personal diets of fruits exceeded the expectations.
The critics of this experiment are still skeptical on results. According to most raised objection, a time of 2 weeks is not enough to support the results. The short term benefit of fruits and vegetables are verified, that is for sure. However, in case of long term effects, the experiment does little to support the claims.
The research team defended by claiming that unrealistic long time for tests is impossible. However, scientists are going to try the long term research too by targeting the people who have been vegetarian for a long time. The scientists of this research also aim to start experimenting on people by introducing veggies and fruits diets. This procedure is to be continued for about one to two years. The two year time span will give enough information to support the 2 week experiment results.
The research team further clarifies that providing young adults with fruits and vegetables helped on personal level. Those who were given reminders often forgot to keep up the routine. Introducing fruits and veggies diet did wonders to health of young adults under experiment.
The remarkable feature of this wonderful study is that it proves to be first study in such research. The research team explained that high quality fruits and vegetables did wonders. When these fruits and vegetables were included in diets, the young adults showed improvement in memory and stress levels at a wonderful rate. The findings further enhanced the results. There was clearly a direct relation of eating high quality vegetables and fruits, and maintaining healthy mental being.
While it may be surprising for scientists, it is not a surprise for wise people. Fruits and vegetables have always been known to provide resistance against heart and cardiovascular diseases. The proper intake of fruits and vegetables also allows for a balanced system which is a bliss in modern age.
Apart from this, it has also been shown that fruits and vegetables fight off some mentally problematic behaviors like addictions. The researches have shown time to time how fruits become substitute of sugar cravings.
It has also been shown many times that fruits and vegetables were linked to diet of Buddhists and monks who showed high levels of personal satisfaction. These people took nothing but fruits as their diets.
Although the modern research has just proved the various advantages of fruits and vegetable on mental health, it is not a new study. The study may have been first in science; it is not new in sociological circles of experts. All the life veterans know that fruits and vegetables carry significant effect on our psychology. They, along with balanced diet of meat make way for successful and happy life.