Want to be Sexy? Eat Veggies with Carotenoids

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A new twist on the adage “You are what you eat” – You look like what you eat. The food you eat has a visible effect on skin tone, which can cause you to appear healthier and more attractive to the other sex.

Researchers in Scotland measured the changes in the skin tone of  volunteers during a period of 6 weeks of dietary changes. The fair skinned volunteers adjusted their diet to increase intake of foods with carotenoids, a type of antioxidant. Carotenoids are yellow/orange/red organic pigments that appear in various fruits and veggies such as carrots, tomatoes and basically anything with a reddish orange hue. When consumed in sufficient quantity, the carotenoids affect skin coloration and turn it slightly yellowish.

The scientists conclude their research paper with a suggestion – perhaps this is a new angle that health practitioners should adopt to motivate the public and clients to eat their veggies…

What carotenoid-full foods will you be eating today?

  • Bryce


    • Hemi Weingarten

      Yes. Thanks

  • George Babbitt

    We have four children and not just one of them has been suspected of having jaundice in their early months of life only to find out that we eat an above average amount of sweet potatoes :D

    • D

      Wow, very interesting right. :) I compare my skin tone to my family members taking note that it is so different even from my twins, it’s yellowish, I thought that it might be a bad thing, but I guess not, I eat lots of carotenoids. Yummy sweet potatoes indeed! :)

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.com/ GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I eat BUTTERNUT squash EVERY SINGLE day!! Wahoo! I am feeling good! :)

  • marshahallet

    In the 16th century, “you are what you eat” looked like this:

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  • Jenna Z

    My gynocologist was seriously concerned about my yellow-ness and sent me to a second doctor for blood tests. It’s just the carrots and sweet potatoes and such, am I your ONLY patient who eats healthfully????

  • TypeBDietitian

    My favorite part about the studies and the resulting articles is the idea that there are more effective ways to teach people about nutrition, rather than just pointing your finger and saying “eat your veggies. they’re good for you.” One article mentioned possibly creating a computer simulation that would show people how different their faces and skin tone would look based on how many servings of fruits and veggies they ate every day. Kinda like how advertisements for not smoking can sometimes focus on old, wrinkly skin of elderly adults who smoked their whole lives. Young people care about their appearance, and this can be a good way to show yet another reason why eating fruits and vegetables will help you.