Attractive Skin Coloration: Harnessing Sexual Selection to Improve Diet and Health

@article{Whitehead2012AttractiveSC,
  title={Attractive Skin Coloration: Harnessing Sexual Selection to Improve Diet and Health},
  author={R. Whitehead and D. Perrett and G. Ozakinci},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychology},
  year={2012},
  volume={10}
}
In this paper we review the mechanisms through which carotenoid coloration could provide a sexually selected cue to condition in species with elaborate color vision. Skin carotenoid pigmentation induced by fruit and vegetable consumption may provide a similar cue to health in humans (particularly light-skinned Asians and Caucasians). Evidence demonstrates that carotenoid-based skin coloration enhances apparent health, and that dietary change can perceptibly impact skin color within weeks. We… Expand
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