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Only on SkinInc.com: Commentary from Pat Lam, nutrition expert and president of Skin Care Consultants, follows this news item explaining how to help your clients incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets for improved skin health.
New research suggests eating vegetables gives you a healthy tan. The study, led by Ian Stephen, PhD, at The University of Nottingham, showed that eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables gives you a more healthy golden glow than the sun.
The research, which showed that instead of heading for the sun the best way to look good is to munch on carrots and tomatoes, has been published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.
Stephen, from the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, led the research as part of his doctorate at the University of St. Andrews and Bristol University. He said, "Most people think the best way to improve skin color is to get a suntan, but our research shows that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is actually more effective."
Stephen and his team in the Perception Lab found that people who eat more portions of fruits and vegetables per day have a more golden skin color, thanks to substances called carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by the stresses and strains of everyday living, especially when the body is combating disease. Responsible for the red coloring in fruit and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are important for our immune and reproductive systems.