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June 1, 2009 • Cancer Prevention, Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

Eat Your SPF Too

Did you know that some of the very same pigments (phytochemicals) that give plant foods their deep, rich color can provide “built-in” SPF for your skin? It’s deliciously true and as the summer rapidly approaches, I wanted you to be aware of this little recognized fact.  The very same phytochemicals that are responsible for launching the plant food kingdom into its unrivaled league of disease-fighting superstardom can provide valuable protection for your skin against the ravages of excess ultraviolent radiation (sun) exposure.

When you eat plant foods some of their phytochemicals actually track to and get deposited in your skin.  The most potent SPF foods include dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, red/orange bell peppers, berries, and yes, dark chocolate.  If you include these foods regularly like I do, you skin will develop a subtle, orange cast (especially visible in your palms) which is visual proof of your success.  To see my orange palms for yourself and to learn about other superstar foods for your skin, click here.