Eating fruit and vegetables can help us to maintain energy levels, lose weight and keep skin youthful. It can also promote longevity, specifically by lowering our risk of life-threatening diseases such as cancer and heart disease. But what about the effect on our state of mind?

We don’t tend to hear as much about the psychological benefits of such foods. This is somewhat strange given that four million people in England alone are long-term users of antidepressants.

Or the fact that mental health and associated behavioural problems are the main drivers of worldwide disability, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.

In this blog, we want to look at why fruit and vegetables are so beneficial for mental health, with reference to the latest literature on the topic.