Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Go With The Glow

Color from a good idet looks better than a suntan! Want a healthy glow without baking in the sun? Trade the beach for broccoli: the color you get form eating frutis and vegetables is more appealing than the color you get form the sun, research shows. Fruits and veggies contain carotenoids-natural pigments that give them their color. When you munch on a carrot, those carotenoids are absorbed by your skin, giving it a golden tone. In one European study, participants digitally adjusted photos of people to make them appear "as healthy as possible." Participants increased the golden carotenoid color more thanthey upped the darker tones associated with tanning. Says study author ian Stephen, Ph.D. "Carotenoid color makes you look healthier and more attractive."

From You & Your Health, AARP magazine July/August 2011

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