London: Want to look more attractive? Eat
heavily pigmented fruits such as carrots and plums daily, say
People with a yellow skin hue appear particularly
healthy and attractive, according to researchers at St Andrews
and Bristol universities studying the relationship between
skin colour and attractiveness.
They also established for the first time that yellow
pigments, or carotenoids, from certain fruit and vegetables
played a key role in producing yellowness in skin, `The Daily
As part of the study, 40 volunteers rated 51 Scottish
Caucasian faces for healthiness and attractiveness.
Ian Stephen, one of the scientists involved in the
project, said the link between yellowness and carotenoids
opened up new strategies for encouraging young people to eat
more fruit and vegetables, especially as it took just two
months of increased consumption to produce visible results.
He said: "Telling people they might have a heart
attack in 40 years` time if they don`t eat more healthily is
one thing. What we can do is say, `This is what you could look
in a couple of months if you increased your fruit and veg
The results will be published in an upcoming edition
of the `Evolution and Human Behavior` journal.