Eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables can give you a healthy, vital glow. A 2012 study in the journal PLoS One
found that people who ate a lot of colorful produce were perceived as being healthier and more attractive
(seriously!). One reason is that the carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables (e.g., carrots, pumpkin, red peppers, squash) boost the skin’s yellow, red and orange tones, saysElisa Zied, RD
, a nutritionist and author of Younger Next Week
. A study in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
found that people who ate a lot of vitamin C, in particular, were less prone to wrinkles and dry, scaly skin (possibly because the nutrient promotes the production of collagen). Think you’re doing just fine in the, erm, produce department? Zied recommends 4.5 cups a day of fruit and vegetables and says that the average woman consumes only around two and a half cups.