For A Healthy Glow, Try Fruits And Vegetables Instead Of A Tan
We live in a world that values beauty, and this appreciation has spurned entire industries, resulting in billions of dollar spent, devoted to this cause. From weight loss to plastic surgery, not to mention the plethora of beauty products that sell the promise of enhancing one's attractiveness, an enormous amount of time and money is spent on the pursuit of being beautiful.
Now, a new study suggests that one of the best ways improve your looks comes from a source that is not only more economical than most of the beauty aids out there, but it is also good for you: fruits and vegetables. Researchers have found that a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially ones high in carotenoids (carrots, tomatoes) can give your skin a healthier glow than even time spent in sun getting bronzed.
The findings, published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior, counters the popularly held notion that improving one's appearance is best achieved through getting a tan. Using state of the art technology in their Perception Lab, scientists observed that volunteers preferred the appearances of people with healthy diets over people with a tan.
Carotenoids are the substances that give fruits and vegetables their bright and golden skin color. They are in fact antioxidants that are thought to help clear the body of free radicals, which are molecules that are created by oxidative stress, a process that is exacerbated by the stress and strain of daily life. Free radicals are believed to play role in the formation of cancer cells. Carotenoids are also believed to help boost our immune and reproductive systems.
The authors of the study indicate that the data is important from an evolutionary standpoint because beauty is linked to attraction, and attraction is a way that animals (including humans) bond with potential mates to promote the species as a whole. When those mates increase their attractiveness by way of healthy habits, the species as a whole benefits from this. Though the study was done on people with Caucasian faces, scientists believe that the findings apply across cultures.
Furthermore, the data indicates a way to enhance one's beauty by healthy means, which unlike getting a tan, does not involve dangerous UV radiation, nor does it utilize expensive products or invasive procedures. It also supports the importance of eating a healthy diet.
So the next time you want to lay out in the sun and work on your tan, consider the healthy eating option, instead. Your body just may thank you in the long run.