Fruit and vegetables give your complexion a ‘healthy glow’ and increase your attractiveness, say British scientists.
It is already widely known that certain red and yellow pigments called carotenoids, found in fruit and vegetables, have an effect on skin tone.
Fruit and vegetables give you a 'healthy' complexion
Researchers at the University of St Andrew’s monitored the diet of 35 people over a 6 week period, and found more colouration in those eating more greens.
The subjects were mostly white, and told not to use sunbeds, fake tan or make-up during the study. An instrument analysed their skin tone before, during and after the six week period.
Their results, published in the PLoS One journal, showed that changes in fruit and vegetable consumption might be related to changes in skin tone. More fruit and vegetables contributed to a deepening of natural red and yellow skin colouration. They wrote:
"It is possible that even smaller dietary changes are able to produce perceptible benefits to skin colouration."
And previous research done by the scientists found links between the perceived attractiveness of faces and these subtle changes in skin tone.
However, the study was not without flaws. It did not analyse the effects on older people or take into account food preparation techniques, and more research needs to be put into non-white volunteers.
Despite this, experts say that anything encouraging people to eat more fruit and veg is a good thing. Dr Glenys Jones from the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research laboratory at Cambridge University said:
"With the vast majority of the population not consuming the recommended 5-a-day of fruits and vegetables, this could be another way of encouraging people through our own innate vanity to increase fruit and vegetable intake.
"After all fruits and vegetables contain a wide range of nutrients that are good for not just for our complexion, but for our overall health."
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