The recent study which surveyed over 400 people aged 18 to 25 about their dietary habits and mental health found that eating raw fruits and vegetables is linked to better mental health.

The research suggested that people eating raw fruit and vegetables were at lower risk of depression and more likely to be flourishing and feeling positive about life.

Raw bananas and apples were particularly beneficial, with just over 6 servings of raw fruit and vegetables providing the maximum benefit to mental health. Cooked, canned or processed fruits and vegetables were not linked to the same boost.

The suggested ten best foods for mental health:

  1. carrots
  2. bananas
  3. apples
  4. dark leafy greens, such as spinach
  5. grapefruit
  6. lettuce
  7. citrus fruits
  8. fresh berries
  9. cucumber
  10. kiwifruit

This research further supports that lifestyle approaches, such as dietary change, may provide another vehicle to improving mental health. Staff canteens may wish to incorporate more of the above foods into their menu.