Here's Why Eating Raw Food Is Better for You Than You Ever Knew

Un-cooked veggies are linked to emotional and mental health.

We've all heard that cooking certain vegetables relieves them of some of their essential vitamins and nutrients, but what affect does that have on our emotional well-being and mental health?

That's what a new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, set to find out, and the results are pretty eye-opening.

For the study, researchers surveyed the consumption of raw versus cooked and processed fruit and vegetables of 400 New Zealanders. The participants were all between the ages of 18 and 25, as that is when one's fruit and vegetable consumption tends to be lowest and when there's a high risk for developing mental health disorders. The researchers compared how an intake of raw versus cooked or processed fruit and vegetables impacted the mental health of the participants, taking their gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, chronic health conditions, diet, lifestyle choices, and sleep routines into account for their results.

What they found was that, while eating vegetables in any form is good for you, eating them raw led to a much more significant increase in psychological well-being, as well as a significant decrease in depression, when compared to having them cooked or canned.

"Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their 'unmodified' state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables," Dr Tamlin Conner, Psychology Senior Lecturer at the University of Ontago in New Zealand and lead author of the study, said.

In case you're wondering, the best foods to eat raw are as follows: carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens such as spinach, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, fresh berries, cucumber, and kiwifruit. Luckily enough, these are also some of the best foods to eat if you want to extend your lifespan, look young at any age, and boost your heart health.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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