Amanda Pendolino
July 23, 2013

Study Says Eating Vegetables Gives Your Skin a Golden Glow

Do you eat enough vegetables? Now you have a new reason to dig into those greens: to get a tan!

According to research from Dr. Ian Stephen at the University of Nottingham, eating five more servings of fruit and vegetables each day raises your carotenoid levels, giving your skin a golden glow.

The effect happens because carotenoids are antioxidants that counteract compounds that can damage your skin. It’s like giving your skin a little army made of tasty , tasty veggies!

Dr. Stephen fed students at the University’s Malaysian campus five extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day for two months. After, the students looked at photos of themselves and rated their post-veggie looks as more attractive.

“In humans, the more red and yellow tones found in the skin, the more attractive the people were found to be,” explained Dr. Stephen.

Of course, racial background might have an effect on our overall skin tone too — but the above photo illustrates that the carotenoids really did make a difference. The middle shot is the woman’s natural skin color, while the left shot is with a suntan and the right shot is with the extra veggies. You can’t deny the golden glow!

The best part is that fruits and veggies have plenty of other benefits, too. They fill you up even though they’re low in calories, and contain all kinds of vitamins and antioxidants that fight disease, improve the appearance of your skin, fight inflammation and more.

Check out this handy site that breaks down all the different benefits of various veggies — and start chowing down!