Look Sexier By Eating More Fruit And Veg

Look Sexier By Eating More Fruit And Veg

So it turns out eating too many carrots really can change your skin colour, though perhaps not in the way you think. A study by the journal PLoS ONE suggests that eating more fruit and vegetables gives your skin a healthy glow, which in turn makes you more attractive to others.

Picture by Dave Shafer

Scientists at the University of St Andrews in Scotland monitored 35 individuals and their food intake over six weeks. Subjects who ate larger quantities were rated had higher levels of skin redness and yellowness, and were also rated as more attractive when judged in a psychophysical trial.

The big lesson? If you eat more than three portions of fruit and vegetables a day, you’ll look healthier, and if that rises to four, you’ll look more attractive. You should eat more than that in any case, but this provides additional motivation. Hit the link for the full study, which will let you overdose on the word ‘carotenoid’.

You Are What You Eat: Within-Subject Increases in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Confer Beneficial Skin-Color Changes [PLoS ONE]


  • Eating healthy also improves your sexual prowess, improve petrol consumption of your car, prevents rain wherever you are (unless you want rain in which case you get that too) and helps cure poverty in the immediate area.

    Hey, I’m all for good stories about the benefits of healthy eating (and there are many) but taking this tact with a study of 35 people is a long bow.

  • Honestly, I find people with red/yellow skin kinda repulsive.

    Note that that’s not a racial slur, but sunburn and jaundice just isn’t my thing…

  • Scotland is far away land in the cold North that is populated by pasty,white, deep-fried Mars bar eating porridge wogs. A quantum of fresh fruit or veg would help the natives health levels rise from abominably low levels. Although I imagine that they would also elect to cover their broccoli in batter and drown it in hot fat.

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