Many people complain about the high cost of organic fruits and vegetables and how difficult it is to eat the recommended daily allowance of these foods. However, in a study to be published in the journal Social Indicators Research, it was found that people who ate at least seven servings of brightly colored fruits and vegetables daily are far happier than those who avoid them like the plague.
Researchers from University of Warwick in the UK and Dartmouth College in the United States found that individuals who eat fruits and vegetables every day report high levels of overall happiness and well being. The optimal levels of happiness appear to be achieved between five and seven serving daily.
The researchers did not cite a specific cause and effect related to their results. However, many studies have established that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables improves overall health. It may be that as health improves, so do positive emotional states, including happiness.
At What Cost?
Although it can be easy to complain about the cost of eating a healthy diet, it is relatively inexpensive when compared to the cost of being unhealthy. In a study published in Health Affairs, researchers found that diabetes alone is an extremely expensive health condition. For individuals with type 2 diabetes, the medical expenses associated with medications and treatment average approximately $9,600. Individuals with pre-diabetes often have medical costs of more than $400 annually and undiagnosed diabetes medical costs are approximately $2,800.
Upon reflection, the cost of vegetables, fruits and healthy foods appears to be a bargain. Sadly, many people know that eating a healthy diet can improve their health and life in general. However, it is easier and more convenient to just grab a quick meal at a fast food restaurant or snack on chips and cookies mindlessly while sitting in front of the television.
Making conscious health choices can be challenging. Although it can be tempting to take the path of least resistance, making an effort to develop new habits and attitudes can be extremely gratifying.
If we knowingly have the ability to be happier and healthier, why do we take the easy way out?
– The Alternative Daily