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Eating fruits and veggies makes skin healthier, says new study

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New study shows how your diet can give you a healthier complexion

We're told every day by parents, friends and media posts that we need to be eating more fruits and vegetables. However, while I'm sure many of us know it's good for us, it's sometimes hard to get into that healthy habit.

But what if I told you eating more fruits and vegetables would help make you look more attractive overall? And no, it's not because they may help you lose weight. According to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Newcastle, eating more produce actually makes your skin look brighter and healthier.

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After this news goes viral, someone's going to try and find a way to turn fruits and veggies into a night cream. Young women in particular seem to have a hard time keeping a healthy dose of fruits and veggies in their diet. In the United States alone, 90 percent of women between the ages of 19 and 30 don't get the recommended amount. However, after hearing this, they may finally be motivated to keep it green... and red, and yellow, and orange, and purple (beets).

The researchers looked at more than 200 Caucasian women between the ages of 18 and 30 for nine months to see how a fruit and veggie-rich diet would affect their appearance. Though it would certainly behoove them to get results from other skin colors, after they kept tabs on each woman's daily diet and found that over a nine-month period, the women who ate more fruits and vegetables regularly had healthier, better-looking skin.

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The way they determined this was by how much "skin yellowness" each woman had at the beginning and end of the experiment. While yellow skin may sound gross and oddly aligned with liver disease, according to Dr. Ross Whitehead, the study's author, "studies have shown that individuals find the yellow coloration of skin healthier and more attractive than tanned skin." So if the women were found to have more yellow in their skin by the end of nine months, they were considered more attractive female specimens.

The unfortunate truth is women in this younger age bracket tend to be motivated by things that will improve their appearance, rather than their overall health. Thus the researchers hope this study will give them more of a surface reason to reach their target daily intake of fruits and vegetables. They may think they're just doing it to get glowing, supple skin, but they'll actually be bettering the inner workings of their bodies. I equate it to making food fun and/or colorful for toddlers who are reluctant to eat healthy foods. If you distract them from the "good for you" part, they'll be more likely to go for it.

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