Professor of the Practice of Law University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Fruits, Veggies & Stress

A study of 8,689 Australian men and women, average age 47 years, examined the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and perceived stress.  Perceived stress indicates the impact of the interaction between a person and the environment, and it reflects the thoughts or feelings about how much stress a person is under.  Participants with the highest fruit and vegetable intake had 10% less perceived stress than participants with the lowest fruit and vegetable intake. 

Takeaway: Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can improve your well-being by lowering your perceived stress.


Simone Radavelli-Bagatini et al., Fruit and Vegetable Intake is Inversely Associated with Perceived Stress Across the Adults Lifespan, Vol 40.  Issue 5 Clinical Nutrition, May 2021,

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