Its hard to open up a health or beauty magazine without an article that links diet and beautiful skin. While its certainly a no-brainer that what we eat affects how we look I want substantive claims that directly link good nutrition to smooth younger looking skin.
Some of the best evidence comes from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, aka the NHANES study. This long ( ten year), large (17K men and women) study compared daily food intake with a wide range of health issues including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But what makes this a must keep study for me is the relationship they studied between diet and wrinkles. To bottom line it, the NHANES found that people on diets high in protein, fiber, vitamin C, linoleic acid and omega 3 are linked to FEWER wrinkles.
Good to know, but what does this actually mean what I should eat? For answers I started looking at different foods to see what benefits they could offer my skin. Every other Friday, I’ve been profiling a popular food item trying to decide if they belong in my shopping cart or should be left behind on the supermarket shelf. Its actually been eye opening to check out nutritional breakdowns. I’ve discovered that some favorites eg artichokes and mussels are beauty diet superstars while others like peaches are not that impressive.
I’ve now put all these posts into a new tab called Beauty Foods. Looking at this growing list of beauty diet rock stars, I decided to use them to design menus that could legitimately call themselves an anti-aging beauty diet.
Beauty Diet, Day 1
Breakfast: 2/3 cup of oatmeal ( fiber) with dried cranberries ( vitamin C)
Snack: 1/2 grapefruit ( vitamin C, fiber)
Lunch: Grilled cheese ( calcium) and tomato ( vitamin C) sandwich, carrot sticks( vitamin A, fiber)
Snack: 1/2 cup of yogurt ( calcium), walnuts ( linoleic acid), an apple ( vitamin C, fiber)
Dinner: bowl of steamed mussels ( omega-3, protein), spinach ( vitamin C ,vitamin A), sliced tomato ( vitamin C, lutein) and black olive (polyphenols) salad, basmati rice ( I just like it)
I was able to fit in eight foods that I had profiled. They are widely available and I actually was able to eat this menu on a weekend trip. But its just one day. Can you look at the list of beauty diet foods and come up with different menus?