Recent Articles and Studies

Last November, Time magazine published an article about Weight Watchers changing their point system, after four years of research.  The grand  finale has zero points for veggies and fruits.  Weight watchers has decided that a calorie is not just a calorie.  Foods that have more nutrients are more valuable, and therefore less points than those with less nutrient density.  Quite the show of intelligence.  You know there might be a million reasons why Weight Watchers should not be put out of business, but the fact that they would be missed by NASA is not one of them.  It actually took them four years of research to determine that not all calories are created equally?  Seriously?  It took you four years?

Ok,  I am changing the subject.  Just last week (at the time of this writing, anyway), Time published another article that gave me a chuckle.  It seems another study was done to determine if people who ate more fruits and veggies than others were more beautiful.  It was found that, “given the choice between skin color caused by suntan and skin color caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin color.”

This got me thinking… or wondering- is this the reason why we find people with that golden bronze color more attractive than the ones without?  People have yearned for that suntanned look for years.  However, we (most of us) know that the suntanned look is not actually healthier.. so why do we see it as healthier or more attractive?  I read this article and it occurred to me that people who eat a lot of fruits and veggies have a change in skin color and perhaps evolution or instinct has taught us that these people are healthier… cuz… well… they are… and so therefore when we see a change in skin color, we see “healthy person”… “good healthy mate prospect”, even though nowadays, few people are getting that color change from healthy fruits and veggies but the sun, or substitute, the tanning bed.

This would explain why most people prefer the slight color change and not the deep tans.  In fact, I have heard lots of people, both men and women, express their disgust with deep tans.  I’m fascinated by this.

Your thoughts?