Eat Tomatoes To Guard Against Sun Damage

Eat Tomatoes To Guard Against Sun Damage

You should always wear sunscreen when you head outside this summer, but you can give yourself some extra, built-in protection by introducing tomatoes into your diet.

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Gabrielle Taylor at WonderHowTo explains that the lycopene that gives tomatoes their red hue can make your skin somewhat more resilient against UV rays, if you consume it consistently. Researchers even found that regular consumption of tomato paste actually increased sun protection by 30 per cent in women. The study used a small sample size, so you can take the results with a grain of salt, but it’s an easy habit to adopt. If you aren’t a fan of tomatoes, you’ll also find plenty of lycopene in watermelon and grapefruit, so you have some options here.

Again, if you’re going to be outside for more than a few minutes, you should really wear sunscreen, but this is a handy way to boost that option. Check out the source link for more foods that can protect you from the midsummer sun.

How to “Eat” Your Sunscreen: 10 Nutrient-Rich Foods That Will Increase Your Sun Tolerance [WonderHowTo]