Eating green improves your looks. Photo by 4Nitsirk via Flickr
You look as good as you eat. Researchers at the University of Nottingham revealed in a recent study that eating vegetables makes you appear better looking to others. Despite the many advantages to eating fruits and vegetables, including living longer, being smarter, avoiding chemical exposure (with organic foods), and reducing the carbon footprint, vegetarianism is not a food plan for everyone. Now there may be another compelling reason to give up animal protein. Results from the university's study claim that eating carrots, tomatoes and mangoes improves your skin and makes your face glow naturally. Dr. Ian Stephen who examines the perception of skin color, conducted the research at the school's Malaysian campus where participants ate five extra portions of fruits and vegetables daily for two months.
Students then examined photos of participants, comparing various pigmentation and chose which were more attractive. Those with increased vegetable and fruit intake won the beauty contest. The diet raised carotenoid levels which provides appealing gold tones to the skin. Packed with antioxidants, the anti-inflammatory properties are healthier.
More foods rich in carotenoids include broccoli, grapefruit, yellow peppers, avocado, strawberries, blueberries, leafy dark green vegetables, flaxseed, nuts, seeds, and beans. Carotenoids are not manufactured by animals.
Greens Make You Prettier
Dr. Stephen explains, "In humans, the more red and yellow tones found in the skin, the more attractive the people were found to be." The psychology professor was inspired after reading Charles Darwin's Descent of Man which explored why people have different coloring. In comparing complexions, Stephen concludes what our moms told us all along: eating fruits and vegetables is good for you. Despite the belief that tanned skin is appealing, the associate professor states that "Your skin won't burn from eating fruits and vegetables. It's better for you than lying in the sun."
So weekday vegetarianism may be a way to eat green, look good and reduce climate change. Perhaps beauty is skin deep.