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dc.contributor.authorWhitehead, Ross David
dc.contributor.authorRe, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorXiao, Dengke
dc.contributor.authorOzakinci, Gozde
dc.contributor.authorPerrett, David Ian
dc.identifier.citationWhitehead , R D , Re , D , Xiao , D , Ozakinci , G & Perrett , D I 2012 , ' You are what you eat : Within-subject increases in fruit and vegetable consumption confer beneficial skin-color changes ' , PLoS One , vol. 7 , no. 3 , e32988 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 16837906
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 104c06f7-553b-4e96-8069-e99e4c579693
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84857868717
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000303060800069
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-5869-3274/work/27163495
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-6025-0939/work/64361027
dc.descriptionR Whitehead was funded by an ESRC Studentship.en
dc.description.abstractBackground: Fruit and vegetable consumption and ingestion of carotenoids have been found to be associated with human skin-color (yellowness) in a recent cross-sectional study. This carotenoid-based coloration contributes beneficially to the appearance of health in humans and is held to be a sexually selected cue of condition in other species. Methodology and Principal Findings: Here we investigate the effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on skin-color longitudinally to determine the magnitude and duration of diet change required to change skin-color perceptibly. Diet and skin-color were recorded at baseline and after three and six weeks, in a group of 35 individuals who were without makeup, self-tanning agents and/or recent intensive UV exposure. Six-week changes in fruit and vegetable consumption were significantly correlated with changes in skin redness and yellowness over this period, and diet-linked skin reflectance changes were significantly associated with the spectral absorption of carotenoids and not melanin. We also used psychophysical methods to investigate the minimum color change required to confer perceptibly healthier and more attractive skin-coloration. Modest dietary changes are required to enhance apparent health (2.91 portions per day) and attractiveness (3.30 portions). Conclusions: Increased fruit and vegetable consumption confers measurable and perceptibly beneficial effects on Caucasian skin appearance within six weeks. This effect could potentially be used as a motivational tool in dietary intervention.
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dc.rights© 2012 Whitehead et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.en
dc.titleYou are what you eat : Within-subject increases in fruit and vegetable consumption confer beneficial skin-color changesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Medicineen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Health Psychologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
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