19 March 2012

Study finds fruits and vegetables improve skin tone

We’ve all heard it before, you are what you eat. A recent study found that eating more fruits and vegetables isn’t just good for your health -- it improves your complexion too.

Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland found carotenoids, red-yellow organic pigments found in fruits and vegetables, contribute to the appearance of healthy skin color.

Thirty-five participants who did not enhance their appearance with make-up, SPF, self-tanners or UV exposure were chosen for the study. Changes in diet and skin were recorded at three weeks and six weeks.

At the end of the trial, researchers found changes in fruit and vegetable consumption to be directly linked to enhanced skin tones of red and yellow. The study found approximately three or more portions of fruits and/or vegetables per day contributed to a “healthy appearance and attractiveness” in Caucasian skin.

Scientist noted that the beauty factor could be used as a motivational tool to encourage people to improve their diet.

So, if you’re looking to achieve that bikini ready body and a summer glow, start eating your veggies!

Click here to read the study published in Plos ONE:

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Buffalo, New York Kaitlyn is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and minor in Women’s Studies. She worked as a barista at a vegan cafĂ© before landing a job as assignment editor for a TV news station in Buffalo, New York. She's trying to be a “runner" and just signed up to run her first half-marathon in May. Also, she loves food - especially vegan cupcakes.

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