Here’s another benefit of adding fruits and vegetables to your diet — it may do wonders for your skin. According to a recent study, eating more fruits and veggies might help you achieve a rosy, healthy-looking complexion.
Researchers from the School of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland looked at the fruit and vegetable consumption of 35 people over a six-week period. They found that as more fruits and vegetables were eaten, redness and yellowness in skin increased. They say this is because of carotenoids, red/yellow plant pigments that are distributed to the surface of the skin when we eat fruits and vegetables.
In a second experiment, the skin color changes associated with eating more fruits and vegetables was linked with increased attractiveness. The psychologists say this suggests that skin color reflects better health.
The authors of the study say their findings show that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption around three portions over six weeks is enough to achieve noticeable improvements in the apparent attractiveness and health of your skin.