Need a reason to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet?Think about it: A new study has shown that a greater amount of fruits and vegetables - is an all-natural way to make the skin more attractive.It is a way of Mother Nature, which allows you to make skin tones look healthier.In fact, researchers from Scotland suggest that white people skin color changes toward pink or gold, possibly related to the number of servings of fruits and vegetables eaten daily.These antioxidant-rich foods, which contain plant pigments seem to affect the skin tone.
In the course of the study, which appeared in the online version of the journal «PLoS ONE», researchers analyzed data from 35 students from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.The average age of students was 21 years.Participants filled in a special questionnaire, in which they described how frequently they ate certain foods during all three stages of the six-week study.On average, the students ate 3.5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
result - a healthy and attractive skin
To improve the appearance of the skin did not take a lot of time and a significant increase in the amount of food.After six weeks, scientists have recorded a marked increase of pink and golden skin tones in people who increased the number of fruits and vegetables eaten.Healthier, pinkish skin tone was associated with the addition of one portion of fruit and vegetables a day."Changes color, associated with a diet that occurred within a relatively short period of time and have been achieved by means of relatively modest changes in the diet," - wrote.
Scientists suggest that skin color depends on carotenoids - red, yellow and orange pigments contained in fruits and vegetables.Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and apricots are rich in beta-carotene, as well as some vegetables are dark green such as spinach and kale.Another carotenoid is lycopene contained in tomatoes and pink grapefruit.However, scientists do not know whether similar results occur in people with other types of skin pigmentation, and whether the same changes in skin tones occur among older people.