How can foods rich in carotenoids help me look better?

Eating foods rich in carotenoids can improve your appearance in only two months, according to British researchers. A study published in the journal Evolution & Human Behavior found that people whose skin has a yellow glow are considered more attractive and healthy. And what gives your skin that appealing glow? Carrots, plums, cantaloupes, and other foods rich in alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin.

Study co-author Ian Stephen, PhD, made the connection, telling the Daily Mail that eating fruits and vegetables can make you more attractive. Said Stephen, "Together our studies link skin carotenoid coloration to both perceived health and healthy diet, establishing carotenoid coloration as a valid cue to human health, which is perceptible in a way that is relevant to mate choice."

Here's a list of foods rich in carotenoids:
  • carrots
  • plums
  • apricots
  • mangoes
  • cantaloupes
  • sweet potatoes
  • kale
  • spinach
  • cilantro (coriander)
  • collard greens
  • fresh thyme
  • turnip greens
  • winter squash

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