Getting kids and young adults to eat healthier may just have gotten a little easier. As you may remember in your earlier life, adolescents and teenagers (and some 20-somethings) make food choices based solely on taste and often have not a care as to the health-value of what they ingest. I may have finally found some information that parents can use to convince their kids and teenagers to eat their vegetables. Turns out, not only is eating fresh, raw veggies good for you, it can also help make you more healthy looking and attractive to others.
The Offical Journal of the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society published a small study in the June issue of their journal Evolution and Human Behavior which appears to show that the caratenoids you get from eating fresh veggies give caucasian skin a healthy glow and color that was noticed by the people in the study. Not surprisingly, junk food and processed pseudo-foods just don't seem to lead to this attractive glow.
Carotenoids are pigment molecules found in vegetables, not in meat, which are responsible for the colors of vegetables. They range from pale yellow to deep red, and have been shown to prevent or improve many chronic medical conditions. Carotenoid's health benefits probably stem from their role as free-radical scavengers, and they also enhance your immune system.
It seems that this healthy golden glow is found to be quite attractive by members of the opposite sex, almost on an unconscious level. Perhaps in past eons, since a healthy diet leads to a long life and strong offspring, possible mates were naturally drawn to this color in the skin. A pale, sickly skin-tone would reveal a poor diet and less chance of reproductive success.
So, eat you delicious veggies every day and reap the benefits of that golden glow of health. Compared to expensive cosmetic gimmicks, this natural (now proven) appearance enhancer looks like the natural choice.
I remember when I was a teen-ager, I couldn't have cared less about "healthy" foods, but, my ears would have perked up at the mention of something that might have improved my looks in the eyes of the opposite sex... Just a thought...