Produce can boost your mood.

A recent survey of almost 14,000 people by the University of Warwick in England showed that those who had the highest level of mental well-being ate the most fruits and vegetables. Volunteers were asked about their diet, confidence, stress, social support, optimism and mental clarity. The happiest participants-about one in three-ate five or more servings of produce daily: 31 percent ate three or to four servings daily and 7 percent ate less than one serving. The hypothesis? Produce-packed diets may help battle inflammation and chronic disease, both of which increase the rish of depression. Other reserach has found a correlation between lower moods and fast food, processed meats and sugary desserts.

from “Consumer Reports on Health.”  Vol.27 No 1