Eating Carrots Makes You Prettier

Attractiveness linked to carotenoid intake

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 15, 2011 2:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Eating carrots and other fruits high in carotenoids makes you more physically attractive, a new study suggests. British researchers had volunteers score pictures of other subjects by physical attractiveness, reports the AFP. It turned out that people who ate the most carrots, plums, and other strongly pigmented foods had a yellow tinge to their skin—the carotenoids at work—that their peers found irresistible.

"Telling people they might have a heart attack in 40 years' time if they don't eat more healthily is one thing," says a researcher. "What we can do is say, 'This is what you could look (like) in a couple of months if you increased your fruit and veg intake.'"

Eating carrots makes you more attractive.   (Shutterstock)
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Telling people they might have a heart attack in 40 years' time if is one thing. We can say, 'This is what you could look in a couple of months if you increased your fruit and veg intake'.
- Ian Stephen, professor, St Andrews University

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