Vegetables have always been good for you, but can they also help with your love life? According to a new study published by researchers at the University of Nottingham, all signs point to yes.

Over a period of two months, researchers had students eat five extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Afterward, they examined photos of themselves with different skin pigments and deemed the “fruits and veggies” one the most attractive. From the article:

Dr. Stephen explained: “Eating five more portions [of fruit and veg] ups your carotenoid levels giving your skin golden tones.” Carotenoids are antioxidants which soak up damaging compounds that the skin encounters in daily life. “In humans, the more red and yellow tones found in the skin, the more attractive the people were found to be,” he added.

Ah yes, carotenoids. You might remember back in November when MNN ran an article describing how eating lots of orange and dark green veggies (such as carrots, sweet potatoes and green beans) may be tied to longer life.

The big benefit there was once again the caroenoid antioxidants found in those type of veggies — particularly carrots.

Coupled with this latest study, it's safe to say that a veggie-focused diet is great not only for your health, but good looks, too. For those of us in the Northeast, adding a bit of color this time of year to make us look less like mole people is generally a good thing.

Now if you'll excuse me, my pale complexion could use a carrot.

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