The newest tan in a can

I am always espousing the benefits of lots of fruit and vegetable in your diet and have always been convinced of not only the internal benefit but also the external beauty benefits.  Now it seems some science is backing my claims!

Whilst the study only focuses on Caucasian faces, it indicates that faces appear more attractive when shaded with a golden type colour gained from eating lots of vegetables rich in carotenoids.  The research, published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behaviour, shows that the glow we can get from eating lots of vegetables rich in carotenoids is more appealing to the eye than the glow we get from laying in the sun. 

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 colouring in fruit and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are important for our immune and reproductive systems.

Looking to get your golden winter glow on without visiting the tanning salon or risking sun cancer? The foods richest in carotenoids are: carrots, plums, apricots, tomatoes, mangoes, sweet potato, kale, broccoli, and spinach.


Catherine Craig
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