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Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Linked to Healthy Glow

A new study by St. Andrews University researchers found that increased fruit and vegetable consumption has positive impacts on skin appearance.

Researchers monitored the fruit and vegetable intake of 35 students over a six week period. They found that those who ate more fruit and vegetables (especially leafy greens), experienced a deepening of the natural red and yellow coloration in their skin.

They believe that cartenoids, or natural pigments found carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, papaya, bell peppers, and tomatoes, may partially explain the skin tone changes in study participants.

As reported by BBC, earlier research by the same team found links between even subtle changes in skin tone and perceived attractiveness. In a time when the majority of Americans do not come close to meeting dietary recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake, the study authors hope their findings may provide motivation for some people to eat more of these healthy foods.

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