Study links low fruit and vegetable intake to anxiety disorders
Adults who consume low levels of fruit and vegetables have a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, according to new research from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, which was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
The study team behind the research analyzed data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging which included 26,991 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85.
Speaking about the link between fruit and vegetable intake and anxiety, study lead Karen Davison said: "For those who consumed less than three sources of fruits and vegetables daily, there was at least at 24% higher odds of anxiety disorder diagnosis."
Researchers also discovered that higher body fat could play a role in increasing the risk. As levels of total body fat increased beyond 36%, the likelihood of anxiety disorder was increased by more than 70%.