Clean Eating

Raw Foods for a Better Mood

While there are many ways to boost mood – such as spending time with a friend or getting in a good workout at the gym – there’s Researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand have found that consuming raw veggies and fruits like carrots, bananas, apples and spinach may be more beneficial for your mental health than their cooked, canned and processed counterparts. The researchers looked at the eating habits of more than 400 young adults from the United States and New Zealand. Higher intake of raw produce (at least five times per day) predicted lower levels of symptoms relating to mental illness (such as depression) and improved levels of well-being and satisfaction with life. However, after eating cooked, canned and processed produce, the mental health benefits were significantly reduced. Lead author Tamlin Conner, PhD, speculates that the link to disposition could be due to the “higher nutrient quantity and quality in the raw foods – particularly higher consumption of raw fruits and salads.” Those nutrients could be vitamin C or B vitamins, she adds. Other foods associated with improved mental health include grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, berries, cucumber and kiwi. While these types of foods are best eaten raw, keep in mind that some produce, like tomatoes, release their nutrients more effectively when cooked. But generally, you can’t go wrong with the rainbow of raw choices out there.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Clean Eating

Clean Eating3 min read
Letters & Advisory Board
Q/ I’m in good health – why should I care about anti-inflammatory foods? A/ Anti-inflammatory foods are powerful vehicles that not only give your body the vitamins and minerals needed to prevent disease but also provide phytochemicals you don’t often
Clean Eating4 min readSelf-Improvement
Eat for Adrenal Health
We all have stress from time to time, but when it goes on for weeks or months, chronic stress can impact all the body’s systems – especially the adrenals. The adrenal glands are small organs that rest on top of the kidneys and are responsible for rel
Clean Eating2 min read
I’ve Got News!
I’m particularly excited to be writing you this issue because I’ve got a huge announcement that I’ve been waiting more than eight months to make. I am thrilled to officially welcome and invite you to our brand-new premium membership program, CE All-A