Sunday, March 11, 2012

Do Fruits and Veggies Make You More Attractive? 
Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Adds More Red and Yellow Tones to Skin Within 6 Weeks, Study Suggests

Need a new reason
to boost the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet? Consider this: Eating more produce is an all-natural way to make your skin look more attractive, a new study suggests. It's Mother
Nature's way of giving skin a healthy hue. In fact, Scottish researchers suggest that changes
in the redness and yellowness of skin in white
people may be linked to the number of servings
of fruit and vegetables they eat on a daily basis.
These antioxidant-rich foods, which are loaded
with plant-based pigments, seem to affect skin tone. For the study, which appears in the online journal
PLoS ONE, scientists analyzed data from 35 college
students at the University of St. Andrews in
Scotland. The average age was 21. Participants completed food frequency
questionnaires describing how often they ate
certain foods during all three sessions of the
study over a six-week period. On average, the
students ate 3.5 servings of fruit and vegetables
a day. Scientists also measured each person's skin tone
at seven body locations, including the cheeks,
forehead, shoulder, and upper arm, at the
beginning of the study as well as at three weeks
and six weeks.