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Want to look good? Then eat carrots...

We all know eating fruit and veg is good for your health -- but now it seems they are good for your looks too.

Eating heavily pigmented produce such as carrots and plums makes people more attractive, a new study found.

Researchers studied the relationship between skin colour and attractiveness, and found people with a yellow hue were perceived as particularly healthy and attractive.

They also established for the first time that yellow pigments, or carotenoids, from certain fruit and vegetables played a key role in producing yellowness in skin.

Ian Stephen, one of the scientists involved in the project, said the link between yellowness and carotenoids opened up new strategies for encouraging young people to eat more fruit and vegetables, as it took just two months of increased consumption to produce visible results.