Eating fruit and vegetables makes you more attractive.
Yet another reason to get your five-a-day: a new study has found that women who eat more fresh produce have a healthier and more attractive glow than those who eat less.
If you’ve been spending a small fortune on make-up to get a healthy summer glow, it could be time to change your tactics. Scientists have revealed that the best way to improve the quality and attractiveness of your skin is to eat fruit and vegetables.
Researchers from the University of St Andrews and the University of Newcastle have found that women who eat more fresh produce have a healthier and more attractive glow than those who eat less – or don’t eat any at all. a spokesman said:
“Higher fruit and vegetable intakes are associated with lower risk of excess weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and specific cancers”
but, despite these benefits, young women fail to consume the recommended five portions a day. Researchers believe that employers should be offering fruit at their workplaces to combat this trend.
For the experiment, researchers monitored the diet of almost 200 Caucasian women aged between 18 and 30 for nine months. At the end of the nine months, higher “daily fruit, vegetable and combined fruit and vegetable intakes” were associated with healthier skin.
Writing in the Nutrients journal, joint author, Dr Ross Whitehead said: “The results of the study provide support that higher consumption of fruit and vegetables is associated with higher skin yellowness. Studies have shown that individuals finds the yellow colouration of skin healthier and more attractive than tanned skin.”
The researchers also believe the results of the study may encourage young women to eat more fresh produce, “Studies indicate that women are ambivalent about the importance of nutrition or their health.”
“Recent evidence has shown that young women are motivated to change their health behaviours based on improving their appearance or looking good rather than health concerns, which are more important amongst older females, 36 to 50 years old. Interventions that focus on appearance could be a novel way of motivating young women to improve dietary intake, including fruit and vegetable intake at the office.”