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SSS 2011-01-17

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This is Scientific American's 60-Second Science. I'm Cynthia Graber. This will just take a minute.

Many people love what they consider a suntan's healthy glow. But the color you get from eating vegetables might be the most attractive glow of all. That's according to research in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.

Researchers controlled the diet and evaluated the skin color of 82 participants for eight weeks. Those who ate more fruits and vegetables had a yellower hue1 to their skin. That tone comes from carotenoids in the fruit and veggies, which are linked to better immune defenses and reproductive health.

In related studies, the scientists recruited volunteers to look at photographs of 51 faces. They could manipulate the colors of the face to increase the darkness or the yellow tones. They were asked to adjust the colors until the faces looked to be what the subjects considered the most healthy. And the majority preferred a yellowish tone, like that produced by carotenoids. This held true for Caucasians in the U.K. and black Africans in South Africa.

The researchers say the preference could be a gauge2 of vigor—many animals let their health be known to potential mates through vibrant3 coloration. So eat fruits and vegetables if you want your face to advertise your fitness.

Thanks for the minute. For Scientific American's 60-Second Science, I'm Cynthia Graber.


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1 hue qdszS     
n.色度;色调;样子
参考例句:
  • The diamond shone with every hue under the sun.金刚石在阳光下放出五颜六色的光芒。
  • The same hue will look different in different light.同一颜色在不同的光线下看起来会有所不同。
2 gauge 2gMxz     
v.精确计量;估计;n.标准度量;计量器
参考例句:
  • Can you gauge what her reaction is likely to be?你能揣测她的反应可能是什么吗?
  • It's difficult to gauge one's character.要判断一个人的品格是很困难的。
3 vibrant CL5zc     
adj.震颤的,响亮的,充满活力的,精力充沛的,(色彩)鲜明的
参考例句:
  • He always uses vibrant colours in his paintings. 他在画中总是使用鲜明的色彩。
  • She gave a vibrant performance in the leading role in the school play.她在学校表演中生气盎然地扮演了主角。
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