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Legumes and Well-Being in the Elderly: A Preliminary Study

Smith, Andrew Paul 2012. Legumes and Well-Being in the Elderly: A Preliminary Study. Journal of Food Research 1 (1) , pp. 165-168. 10.5539/jfr.v1n1p165

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Abstract

There has been considerable recent interest in associations between diet and subjective reports of wellbeing (stress, mental health, cognitive and physical functioning). Such effects have been considered across the lifespan and benefits often observed in all age groups. Effects of diet are often easier to detect in the elderly, either because of the longer period of consumption or the decline in functioning associated with aging. The present paper reports results from surveys examining associations between frequency of consumption of peas and beans and wellbeing. No significant associations were observed in younger samples but in the elderly more frequent consumption of peas and beans was associated with reduced stress, emotional distress, anxiety, depression and somatic symptoms. Further research is now required to examine underlying mechanisms and assess the practical implications of these findings.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legumes, Well-being, The elderly
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
ISSN: 1927-0895
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/31147

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