Fruit, Veggies and the Effect on Teen Well Being

The studies below found some significant facts regarding health effects of certain food.  This is an attempt by us to interpret the findings so that it could be implemented in everyday health practices.  It has to be understood that good eating habits are necessary for optimal health and that means that a variety of good foods have to be consumed every day.  We do believe that some food has medicinal value and could be used to help in the prevention and support of treatment in certain illnesses.  However, if it is not part of a good nutritious diet, it might lose its value.    Although we do believe in the power of natural food, we absolutely do not claim to cure any disease through the consumption of specific foods.

 Tamlin S. Conner*, Kate L. Brookie, Aimee C. Richardson and Maria A. Polak On carrots and curiosity: Eating fruit and vegetables is associated with greater flourishing in daily life. British Journal of Health Psychology Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 413–427, May 2015 DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12113

 

This is a study which claims that the consumption of fruits and vegetables by young, healthy individuals is related to an array of states of well-being favorable to human flourishing.  This was not found to be the case when unhealthy food (junk and fast food) was consumed.  A point of interest was that good nutrition only had a short term effect, in other words, one good meal did not guarantee unlimited time of well-being.  I suspect however that the longer the period of good food consumption is, the longer the effect will last.

As a high school teacher of more than 20 years I have developed an appreciation for teenagers and young adults.  The possibilities in life were unlimited for most of them – in their minds the world was there to conquer and serve them.  And they had the energy to help conquer the world, well at least some.  We are well aware of a growing concern that many young people who are disheartened about this world are resorting to drugs and alcohol in order to subdue these thoughts. 

Although I do acknowledge the complexity of this problem, I cannot help recognizing the role that good nutrition could play in our attempt to help young people of today.  It seems as if nutritious food will not only help youth to find purpose in life but also provide them the energy to realize their full potential.  Parents, please educate yourself about healthy food and nutrition for children.  As well, school boards, please make the effort to help the young people to make tasty, healthy choices when it comes to food options provided by school cafeterias.