Fruit + Veggies = Tan?

If you’re looking to add a healthy glow to your complexion, you might want to skip the sun and reach for some veggies instead. Researchers from the University of Nottingham have found that eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables gives you a more healthy golden glow than the sun.

The researchers found that people who eat more fruits and vegetables per day have a more golden skin color than those who don’t, which is due to substances called carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by the stresses and strains of everyday life, especially when the body is combating disease. They are responsible for the red coloring in fruits and vegetables like carrots and tomatoes and are important for our immune and reproductive systems.

The authors of the study found that people preferred the skin color caused by carotenoids to the skin color caused by a suntan. So if you want a more attractive and healthy skin color you’re better off grabbing some treats from the produce section than lying in the sun.