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Fruits and vegetables better than a tan for skin glow

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Eating fruits and vegetables is better than a tan for skin glow, suggest researchers.

The study from scientists at University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus found that eating carrots and tomatoes leads to better skin appearance and is more appealing than a tan.

Dr Ian Stephen, from the School of Psychology at the University says, “Most people think the best way to improve skin colour is to get a suntan, but our research shows that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is actually more effective."

Eating fruits and vegetable rich in carotenoids can lead to a golden skin color, boosts immunity and keeps reproductive health intact.

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Stephen also notes the evolutionary implications of looking good - when it comes to being chosen as a mate, good health is favored. He says, …”if you want a healthier and more attractive skin colour, you are better off eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables than lying in the sun.”

Professor David Perrett, who heads the Perception Lab, said, “This is something we share with many other species. For example, the bright yellow beaks and feathers of many birds can be thought of as adverts showing how healthy a male bird is. What’s more, females of these species prefer to mate with brighter, more colored males. But this is the first study in which this has been demonstrated in humans.”

Another study highlighted with the research also found similar preferences among African Americans, though the Nottingham University scientists focused on Caucasian responses to glowing skin that comes from fruits and veggies versus a tan.

Eating more fruits and vegetables can give the skin a healthy golden glow that looks better than a tan. Dr. Stephen said their study showed people preferred a golden skin color to a suntan when they were shown photographs.

Fruits and vegetables that contain the beneficial compounds include red, yellow and orange varieties. Eating carrots and tomatoes is better than a suntan for providing skin with a golden, healthy and appealing glow, based on the study findings.