Doing This One Simple Thing Will Motivate You to Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Says Study

There’s nothing better than a sweet red watermelon on a hot summer day, or a steamy bowl of pumpkin bisque to keep you warm during the winter months. Fruits and vegetables are abundant and meant to be enjoyed, and incorporating them into your diet is an essential part of adding nutrients to your body.

Sometimes it may seem difficult to try and get the correct dietary intake of fruits and vegetables, especially if it’s not normally on your plate. There’s always a way to add them to your meals with delicious recipes. Now, thanks to a new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, there is also another way to ensure you eat your colors and greens. The research showed that going outside and being in nature is linked to eating more fruits and vegetables

For this study, researchers from Drexel University investigated how nature-relatedness—feeling connected with the natural world — benefits intake of fruits and vegetables as well as dietary diversity—the variety or the number of different food groups people eat over the time given. Nature-relatedness can include any exposure to the natural environment such as taking a walk outdoors or having a picnic in the park.

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The researchers surveyed over 300 adults in Philadelphia between May and August 2017 and measured their self-reported connection to nature. This included their experience with nature and their perspective of it and the foods and beverages they had consumed the previous day. This helped to evaluate their dietary diversity and estimate their daily fruit and vegetable consumption. 

The survey participants also copied the same demographic characteristics of Philadelphia from the 2010 census. This included gender, income, education, and

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