Eat More Fruits and Vegetables to Have Beautiful Skin
Do you want to improve your skin color? You can have rosy and healthy skin by simply eating more fruits and veggies.
Studying the Effects of Fruits and Veggies on Skin Color
Ross Whitehead, lead researcher from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews School of Psychology, said that they did a study that showed how skin-color changes with an increase or decrease in the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
After a six-week study period, the skin looks healthier and more attractive. A diet high in fruits and vegetables can make a person look better and feel better.
This benefit of eating fruits and veggies can be used by dieters as a motivational tool. Whitehead’s team has conducted pilot controlled trials to see if an improved appearance can be sufficient to motivate a person to adopt dietary changes, and the results thus far are very encouraging.
Details of the Study
There were 35 persons involved in this study. Whitehead’s team monitored the fruit and vegetable consumption of the participants in a period of six weeks.
They also monitored the participants’ appearance. It appears that their skin color increased in redness and yellowness with the consumption of more fruits and veggies.
The carotenoids or the red and yellow pigments distributed on the skin surface of the fruits and vegetables are responsible for the observable changes on a person’s skin color.
There was a second experiment which showed that eating fruits and vegetables does not only change skin color but actually make it more attractive indicating better health.
Whitehead said that eating about three servings more of fruits and veggies in six weeks is sufficient to see a more attractive and healthy facial skin.
In contrast, people who did not have a healthy diet looked paler.
Foods may contain carotenoids in the form of lycopene or beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is present in foods like carrots, spinach, yams, peaches, apricots and pumpkin. Apricot, tomatoes, watermelons and pink grapefruits contain lycopene.
Limitations of the Study
The study participants were mostly white, so further study is necessary to see the effects of this type of diet on other racial groups.
This was a small study, which merely shows associations and not cause-and-effect relationships.
What Other Experts Say
Even with these limitations, other experts like Dr Doris Day, who is an NYC dermatologist, support the findings of the study.
What we eat will reflect on our skin.
Another nutritionist-dietitian from the Derby, Connecticut’s Griffin Hospital Center for Cancer Care, Samantha Heller, said that healthy plant compounds are found in many fruits and vegetables. These compounds are important in keeping the skin healthy and protecting it from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays.
The plant substances, including beta-carotene and lycopene, improve the color of the skin and fights against diseases.
Very few Americans, about 25 to 30 percent of the population, consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and veggies. Efforts to encourage people to eat more of these plant foods have not been successful.
Hopefully, it would motivate people to eat more fruits and veggies if they get to know that these can help make them look sexier, younger and more attractive.
Tips to Get the Most Benefits
Some studies looked at the effects of a high-antioxidant diet. Dr. Day said that eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts and olive oil and eating less red meat and dairy products contribute to the prevention of aging skin and skin cancer.
Choosing fruits and veggies with varying colors is better as each color serves a particular benefit.
Eat the fruit itself — the skin, pulp and all, not the juice only. Eating everything will give you the most benefits that the plant offers.
The skin reflects a person’s overall well-being. If you have a healthy body, you will have healthy skin as well. A healthy skin will function as it is supposed to and help protect the rest of your body.
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