It’s a known fact that fruits and vegetables are good for our general health. But interestingly enough, some research also suggests we can positively influence our productivity and creativity by eating lots of fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
In this study published in The British Journal of Health Psychology, participants had to report on their daily consumption of fruit and vegetables, sweets and chips, and on their mood and behaviours, over a 13 day period.
The report concludes that the more fruit and vegetables people consumed, the happier, more engaged, and more creative they tended to be.
Why does it benefit the mind?
“Fruits and vegetables contain vital nutrients that foster the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in the experience of curiosity, motivation, and engagement. They also provide antioxidants that minimize bodily inflammation, improve memory, and enhance mood.“
Wow. Maybe companies should start paying attention to the idea of supplying their employees with fresh fruits and veggies. Interesting concept!
Which fruits and vegetables should you be eating?
Experts generally agree that there is no best fruits and vegetables list. That the best way to get the benefits of a rich fruit and vegetable diet is by eating as wide a variety of them as possible.
Still, to temp you into increasing your fruit and veggies daily consumption at work, here’s a reminder of some of the favorites we often read about due to their special properties.
Blueberries: filled with antioxidants and believed to boost memory.
Other berries: full of antioxidants and vitamins, and not so sweet as most fruits.
Watermelon and Cantaloupe: for their high water content.
Kiwis: loaded with vitamins C and E and high in fiber.
Lemons: have detox properties.
Papaya: for their high fiber content.
Apples: among its many properties, contain antioxidants and help prevent colon cancer.
Pineapples: powerful anti-inflammatory.
Bananas: rich in carbohydrates and help reduce cholesterol.
Broccoli: shown to help prevent some cancers.
Spinach: loaded with vitamins, and contain iron and calcium.
Celery: aids digestion (good if you want to lose weight), and reduces cholesterol.
Cucumbers: contain antioxidants and composed of about 96% water.
Avocado: high in vitamins, potassium, fiber, and healthy fat food.
Carrots: good for your eyes and skin, and help prevent some cancers.
Beets: boost your stamina, anti-cancer and detox properties.
What about your workplace?
When I read about this study, I couldn’t help but think about my reality at work. Which I’m sure reflects the reality of many other workplaces.
I’m relating to the fact that the food items we readily have available to purchase in our office are quite the opposite of healthy. Chocolate bars, cookies, chips, candies, and popcorn –to name a few.
The proceeds of the sales go towards raising money for various social activities — which I agree is a good cause and good for team bonding.
However, now knowing about the added benefits of eating fruits and vegetables at work, I think I will suggest we innovate towards a different method for raising money!
Anyhow, social club or not, wouldn’t you agree that summer is the best time of year to add a few portions of tasty fruits and vegetables in our daily routine?
So tell me, what is your reality at work? Are fruit and vegetables readily available? And how do you raise money for your social club?