A Makeover In the Produce Aisle?

March 12, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

We’ve all heard that beauty comes from the inside out, but the results of one new study prove that the health virtues of what you eat can really impact your outer beauty.

Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland found that people who reported eating more fruits and veggies scored higher on attractiveness ratings given by others—who obviously knew nothing of their positive eating habits and simply evaluated what they thought of their appearance.

To oversimplify: eat more salad, look more lovely!

Seems that certain nutrients in the produce increased the levels of certain skin pigments, resulting in a more healthy, robust, pretty appearance and a more pleasing skin tone. On the other hand, people in the study who decreased their produce intake lost some color in their faces, resulting in a more haggard look!

The items that incited the most change? Foods containing beta carotene and lycopene—such as yams, peaches, apricots and pumpkin, and tomatoes, watermelon and apricots, respectively.

Anyone else craving fruit salad right about now??