Sweet Potatos Against Sunburn

Two German scientists have proven the link between beta carotene and the resistance of the skin to Ultra Violet Rays.
  • The scientists Wolfgang Köpcke of the CHU of Münster and Jean Krutmann of the Institute of environmental medicine of Düsseldorf published a study showing that people who consumed regularly fruit and vegetables which was rich in beta carotene had a more resistant skin to ultra-violets than people who consumed few.

What is beta carotene?

  • Beta carotene is a antioxidant pigment, present in certain fruits and vegetables, which takes part in their photosynthesis. It is particularly present in broccolis, carrots, sweet potatoes and dry apricots.
  • Wolfgang Köpcke and Jean Krutman conducted a series of seven clinical trials.

Their conclusions are that: the consumption of foods rich in beta carotene on a regular basis "protects the skin significantly against sunburn", they stress that a diet high in beta-carotene is followed over a long period of time.
  • However, the study concludes the consumption of beta carotene does not replace the use of sun screen protection creams.