Grapes are the new sunblock!

grapesNow that the weather is changing and it feels very Spring-like, sunblock is on my mind now!

When the sun does shine and the temperature rises, you’ll need to protect your skin. You may think that applying lots of sun cream will protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. You may be right.

Well, did you know that what you eat can affect your skin’s natural defences too?

Research from the University of Wisconsin has discovered that many common foods contain ingredients that work like a sun block, reducing your risk of skin cancer.

Foods rich in antioxidants can help boost your skin’s ability to fight free radicals, the harmful chemicals generated by UV radiation.

So, which foods are we talking about?

Here are my top 5 suggestions:

  1. Red Grapes – their skins contain powerful antioxidants called proanthocyanidins, which help combat UV damage
  2. Apricots – they’re rich in betacarotene, an antioxidant that helps absorb free radicals generated by UV radiation
  3. Pomegranates – contain more antioxidants than any other fruit
  4. Rye Bread – rich in ferulic acid, a compound that protects plants against the sun’s rays and has a similar effect in humans
  5. Sunflower Seeds – packed with the mineral copper, which your body uses to make melanin, a pigment that helps prevent UV damage.

So, next time you plan on popping out into the sun, eat a combination of the foods above and you’ll give your skin the protection it needs. Saying that, don’t stay out in the sun for too long – be sensible.

Happy eating!