Does Eating Carrots Make You Beautiful?

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Just in case you were looking for another good reason to eat your vegetables, here it is: They make you beautiful—and not just in some vague, a-good-diet-gives-you-a-healthy-glow sense. Researchers at St. Andrews and Bristol universities in Great Britain studied the relationship between skin color and attractiveness, and discovered that people with yellow undertones to their skin were thought to look particularly healthy and attractive. The study also established for the first time that people who regularly ate more fruits and vegetables actually have that more-golden skin color. (All the subjects in the study were Caucasian.) Fruits and vegetables, such as yellow and red peppers, spinach, apricots and melons, are high in carotenoids, which in addition to producing yellowness in skin, also offer protection against cancer, heart disease, and other health problems. So yes, eating carrots does make you beautiful!

The following foods have large quantities of beta-carotene.

Food Beta-Carotene

(micrograms)

Apricots, 1 cup raw 1,635
Broccoli, 1 cup raw 807
Brussels sprouts, 1 cup cooked 669
Cantaloupe, 1/8 melon 1,325
Carrot, 1 large 15,503
Guava, 1 cup raw 750
Kale, 1 cup raw 3,577
Mango, 1 cup raw 3,851
Pumpkin, 1 cup raw 31,908
Red bell pepper, 1 cup raw 2,840
Spinach, 1 cup raw 1,196
Sweet potato, 1 cup raw 26,184
Tomato, 1 cup raw 446
Watermelon, 1/16 melon 634

 

Tips for Increasing Carotenoids in Your Diet

  • Be creative! The more colorful your meal is, the more likely it is to have an abundance of carotenoids, as well as other healthy nutrients. Rainbow on your plate!
  • Keep a bag of baby carrots nearby—most likely the perfect snack. Try them plain or dipped in hummus, almond butter, or light vinaigrette.
  • Limit storage of fruits and vegetables. Once plants containing carotenoids are pulled from the vine, their active antioxidants gradually lose their potency. For fresh, seasonal produce, check out your local farmer’s market.

Don’t overcook vegetables. While you still get a substantial amount carotenoids in cooked vegetables, you will definitely get much more if you enjoy them raw. There are a few exceptions. Carrots, for example, actually release more of their carotenoids if you cook them; pureeing them has a similar effect.

Beautifully yours,

Drs. Michelle and Benjamin Bassichis

 

Benjamin Bassichis MD FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face. To learn more about Dr. Bassichis’ plastic surgery procedures please call 972.774.1777 to schedule your consultation.

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