Last week Tom Philpott reported in Mother Jones that researchers at Harvard had discovered a strong correlation between the level of optimism in mid-life adult subjects and the amount of carotenoid antioxidants in their blood. You can read the study abstract here.
Carotenoids are found in brightly colored foods including dark green kale and collard greens, and bright orange sweet potatoes and carrots. You can read all you ever wanted to know about them here.
|Home-made Kale Chips|
It is not clear whether eating more vegetables make a person happier, or whether optimists are more likely to eat their vegetables than pessimists are.
There is no doubt, however, that vegetables are low in fat and calories, and have no cholesterol. What they do have are numerous well-documented benefits. With the possibility that veggies can also make us happy, why hesitate? Veg-Out today and every day, especially during this dreary month of February!
Happy Monday. Have a great week.
I often blog on food or food issues on Monday in support of Meatless Monday, one of several programs developed in the Healthy Monday project, founded in 2003 in association with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. Meatless Monday’s goal is “to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.