Get a Suntan from your Carrots…?

Wait. You can get a suntan by eating vegetables?! Sort of. A lot of different doctors and dieticians are weighing in with some pretty interesting theories. Here’s the scoop. Skin color is produced by one of two skin pigments: melanin or beta carotene. Your skin’s color is determined by your melanin, which is determined by your genes and your sun exposure. Beta carotene is a yellow/orange pigment that you will only get if you eat it.

Consume fruits and veggies like carrots, winter squash, cantaloupe and some leafy greens, and you can warm up your skin tone. Now, this is going to impact the fair-skinned people a lot faster and a lot more intensely. No one is claiming that a few carrots will give you a St. Tropez suntan. BUT, the point is that the beta carotene is able to give skin a new warmth that it wouldn’t normally possess.

Again, we are what we eat! This is true, and it will be visible in our skin. Beta carotene is also ideal for protecting yourself from a heart attack, stroke, cancer, and arthritis and weight control.

Make sure your fruits and veggies are super fresh—beta carotene is especially fragile and it can be lost or damaged if they are processed or stored for too long. You can get more out beta carotene from your foods. If you eat them with a touch of fat or oil, your body can absorb it faster. (Oil will lube up your digestive tract.) Also, the chopped or juiced approach is a good one because it releases more of the beta carotene than in large chunks of food. Carrot juice is a great way to get a huge dose of beta carotene.

PS: Want to try it out? Ok, the best forms of beta carotene are in any of your yellow/orange vegetables: carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and winter squash. Then it can be found in the dark green and/or leafy vegetables: kale, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, turnips and their green leaves, beet leaves, mustard and dandelion greens, watercress, cilantro, chicory, endive, escarole. AND, you can find it in the yellow/orange fruits, apricots, cantaloupes, papayas, mangoes, nectarines, peaches.

So…can get you great skin color without the wrinkles? Could be. You will definitely see some benefits like, the avoidance of liver spots and premature skin aging that comes from sun tanning. Eat fruits and veggies that are high in beta carotene for the best skin color of all.

Try it out!!



One Response

  1. toldja…suckas!!

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