Best Foods for Skin – You Are What You Eat


The best foods for skin health are fruits and vegetables.

Did you know that eating your fruits and vegetables is both the cornerstone of a healthy diet and an easy way to make yourself more attractive? Some foods can directly change the hue of your skin when eaten in large quantities. Think carrots. However, even in normal portions, increasing your fruit and vegetable intake can really make you seem more attractive. When consuming lots of veggies, keep in mind that spinach stuck between your two front teeth is never attractive. Keep reading to learn more about why fruits and veggies are the best foods for skin.

Research Behind Diet and Attractiveness

A small study in 2012 of 35 participants found that in just 6 weeks the skin tone of participants was changed based on what they ate. (1) The ones that chose to have 1-3 more servings of fruits and veggies a day for 6 weeks had more yellow in their skin tone. In the second part of the same study they had 24 participants decide which photo was more attractive: a regular photograph of a man or woman or a digitally altered slightly yellower image. The participants picked the more golden, yellow image as being more attractive.

In the second part of the same study they had 24 participants decide which photo was more attractive: a regular photograph of a man or woman or a digitally altered slightly yellower image. The participants picked the more golden, yellow image as being more attractive.

series of faces best foods for skin

Who’s the prettiest of them all?
Left: Sun-tanned effect. Middle: Natural skin color. Right: Yellow carotene effect.

Carrots Change Skin’s Color

The most well-known culprit for changing one’s skin color are carrots. They can make your skin orange or yellow when you eat a lot of them. This is due to the large amount of carotene present in carrots.

Carotene is responsible for the orange color. Due to carotene’s solubility in fat, it dissolves in the skin and can change the color. Carrots aren’t the only ones with a lot of carotene in them. Other red, orange, yellow, and green vegetables and fruits such as peppers, pumpkins, and tomatoes are also high in carotene.

What if you don’t like fruits and vegetables?

Another small study found you can get the same skin effects of consuming foods high in carotene by taking a beta carotene supplement once a day. (2) Problem solved, no vegetable intake necessary.

Beware Too Much Carotene

Be careful though. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. You can develop a real life medical condition from ingesting too much carotene – carotenosis or carotenemia. (3) Carotenosis can be rarely fatal. Sometimes carotenemia is a sign of an underlying condition not increased dietary intake of carotene. This can occur in conditions where increased fat in the blood binds carotene so it can’t be excreted, conditions where carotene can’t be converted to the next metabolic product (i.e. liver disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes), or a condition where carotene can’t be excreted in the urine.

Sometimes carotenemia is a sign of an underlying condition. This is not due to increased dietary intake of carotene. This can occur in conditions where increased fat in the blood binds carotene so it can’t be excreted, conditions where carotene can’t be converted to the next metabolic product (i.e. liver disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes), or a condition where carotene can’t be excreted in the urine.

cartonemia hands best foods for skin

I’m reading carrots in your past. https://o.quizlet.com/X8Vn.8KqveC40T8F4N7ygw_m.jpg

Eating Certain Chemicals Changes Skin Color

If you prefer a shade of smurf-like blue for your skin, there’s a way you can achieve it! You wouldn’t even require any makeup, and it’s all-natural. All you need to do is ingest colloidal silver for a long period of time and allow it to build up in your body until the point where it has nowhere to go and shows up in your skin. (4) Don’t think it’s a good idea? Yeah, neither did I. But, apparently a man in Oregon drank colloidal silver for many years to treat dermatitis and developed argyria  – the blue skin condition caused by ingestion of silver. Similar to high doses of iron, your body cannot get rid of the silver and it needs to go somewhere.

Don’t think it’s a good idea? Yeah, neither did I. But, apparently a man in Oregon drank colloidal silver for many years to treat dermatitis and developed argyria  – the blue skin condition caused by ingestion of silver. Similar to high doses of iron, your body cannot get rid of the silver and it needs to go somewhere.

argyria best foods for skin

RIP Papa Smurf. He died in 2013 but not due to argyria. http://www.today.com/health/real-life-blue-man-dies-after-heart-attack-stroke-4B11243410

In conclusion,who needs plastic surgery when you can get a new look just from the produce aisle of your local supermarket? Fruits and veggies are the best foods for skin. Don’t mind me while I whip up yet another batch of delicious shakshouka; it’s absolutely packed with carotene. Eat your veggies raw for even more good health benefits.

shakshouka

My version of ambrosia.

Have you ever eaten too much of something? How much was too much before you started noticing your skin change colors?

References:

  1. Whitehead RD, Re D, Xiao D, Ozakinci G, Perrett DI (2012) You Are What You Eat: Within-Subject Increases in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Confer Beneficial Skin-Color Changes. PLoS ONE 7(3): e32988. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032988
  2. Stephen, Ian D., Vinet Coetzee, and David I. Perrett. “Carotenoid and melanin pigment coloration affect perceived human health.” Evolution and Human Behavior3 (2011): 216-227.
  3. DermNet New Zealand. Carotenaemia. http://www.dermnetnz.org/systemic/carotenaemia.html
  4. Medical Daily.How To Get A Tan Without The Sun Or Turn Blue As A Smurf: 4 Foods That Can Discolor Your Skin. http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-get-tan-without-sun-or-turn-blue-smurf-4-foods-can-discolor-your-skin-310774

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