When you think about where to go to find the best beauty products for better skin, you're probably thinking of a beauty outlet, department store or pharmacy.   Think again!  These days you might be better off at your local grocery store! 

Eating certain foods that are good for your skin may be just as effective, if not more so, in helping you achieve healthier, prettier skin.  A food-centric 'beauty from the inside out' philosophy is becoming more of a prominent focal point in skin-focused research and in practice.

What you eat and drink has been shown to impact your skin’s complexion and your body’s hormone levels which can lead to acne, inflammation, and wrinkles. Food is not just for fueling your body with energy, but also impacting your appearance. Knowing that food can have a positive, and adversely, a negative impact, on your skin’s appearance, it’s important to know which foods to increase and/or add to your diet.

So which foods should you eat for better skin?  Here is a list of 10 foods that can positively impact our skin’s health and appearance.

10 Beauty Foods To Eat For Better Skin

WATER

Staying hydrated is one of the most important factors in keeping your skin healthy, glowing, and youthful. Well-hydrated skin appears plumper and is less likely to sag or wrinkle. Skin that is deprived of proper hydration will appear dry, flaky, and tight, making it less resilient and more prone to wrinkles. If you get tired of drinking plain water, find natural ways to enhance the flavor by adding fruits and vegetables like strawberries, oranges, lemons, limes, and cucumbers. Avoid any artificial flavor packets that contain sweeteners or sugar substitutes. You should aim to drink eight 8-oz glasses of water each day for maximum benefit.

 

AVOCADO.

Avocados are high in the healthy fats that your body needs to help keep your skin moisturized and flexible. Avocados are not just a benefit to your skin; they are loaded with fiber, which aids in gut health, are packed with heart-healthy monosaturated fatty acids, are high in potassium, are linked to lowering cholesterol, and are packed with over 20 vitamins and minerals. Incorporating avocados into your diet is beneficial not only for the benefit of your skin, but also for your overall health. You can add avocado to salads, to smoothies, use them as a substitute for butter in baking, as a spread, or as a dip. Avocado oil is also a terrific alternative to olive oil and yields a much higher heat tolerance. Here’s a great recipe that incorporates avocado in a deliciously sweet treat – Decadent Chocolate Avocado Mousse.

 

BELL PEPPERS

Red and yellow bell peppers, to be specific, are a great source of beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A, a necessary vitamin for healthy and glowing skin. These peppers are also high in vitamin C, which helps to form collagen. (For information on the benefits of collagen in your diet, click here.) Collagen helps to keep your skin’s elasticity and is known for its anti-aging properties. While technically a fruit, these peppers are known more as vegetables, are sweet to taste, and add color to any dish. Chop these up for a perfect snack or add them to an evening stir-fry. Either way, your skin will thank you.

 

CARROTS

10 Beauty Foods To Eat For Better Skin

Carrots are a delightfully fun, delicious, and a healthy bright orange vegetable packed with beta-carotene. As you already know, the body turns beta-carotene into vitamin A. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that supports skin, eye, and reproductive health, and immune function. All that vitamin A is terrific support for healthy eyes and preventing skin breakouts. Carrots are very versatile. You can crunch on them raw as a snack, cook them to bring out a bit of the sweetness, add them to baked goods (even tricking your kids by hiding them in brownies or muffins), juice them, add them to a soup or make a carrot soup, and even pickle them!

 

TOMATOES

Another food rich in beta-carotene is tomatoes. These are also high in lutein and lycopene. Lycopene, what makes the tomato red, is known to protect the skin from sun damage by fighting UV rays. By cooking the tomato you actually increase the level of lycopene, therefore increasing its positive impact on the skin. You can enjoy tomatoes in a variety of ways; freshly sliced, in a salad, on a sandwich, or reduced in a sauce or a soup. You’ll want to eat the skin of the tomato for maximum effect.

 

SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes are another orange food similar to carrots that are rich in carotenoids and provide ample benefits for a sun-kissed complexion. For example, “one 1/2-cup serving (100 grams) of baked sweet potato contains enough beta-carotene to provide nearly four times the RDI (reference daily intake) of vitamin A.” The vitamin A comes from the beta-carotene in sweet potatoes. They can be prepared in a variety of ways; roast them, fry them, bake them, or mash them! Anyway you cook them, you’re sure to enjoy their sweet flavor. 

 

SALMON

This high-quality animal protein is one of the best sources for anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for youthful glowing skin. According to an article on Livestrong, “Omega-3s heal the skin from the inside out. Repairing damaged cell membranes helps to make the skin more resilient to internal and external threats. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and swelling, limiting irritation, greatly positive aspects for clearer skin.” In addition to healthy doses of omega-3’s that keep the skin moisturized, salmon is rich in vitamin E and zinc. So whether you love salmon sushi or prefer it baked, you’ll be providing your skin with extra moisture.

 

DARK CHOCOLATE

10 Beauty Foods To Eat For Better Skin

High-quality dark cocoa is packed full of antioxidants. These flavonols, or antioxidants, have been shown to aid in sun protection and improve the texture of your skin. According to a published study, “not all varieties of dark chocolate are created equally, and significant caveats exist regarding its potential health benefits. It is perhaps not surprising that extensive processing, dilution, and the addition of flavor modifiers may improve the palatability of chocolate, but could have negative nutritional and clinical benefits.” Make sure there is at least 70% cocoa in the chocolate you choose to maximize the health benefits.

 

LEAFY GREENS

Greens like spinach, kale, and arugula are packed with a variety of dietary benefits, vitamins, and minerals, such as folate, a water-soluble B vitamin. Folate helps to both maintain and repair DNA. In addition, leafy greens are packed with vitamins A, C, E, and K are all beneficial to an anti-aging regimen. Vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting and faster healing, can also be applied directly to the skin to help with bruising and other external skin marks. These leafy greens are perfect for smoothies, salads, soups, and more.

 

CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are one nature's best superfoods. They are nutrient dense and particularly high in fiber, Omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. This mighty little seed has been shown to have many health benefits including reducing signs of aging, supporting heart and gut health, building stronger bones and promoting healthy skin. Research has shown that chia seeds are one of the highest antioxidant foods which speed up the skins repair systems and prevent skin aging due to inflammation.   You can add chia seeds to smoothies, cereals, yogurt or make a delicious chia pudding.

 

Not only are these foods great for your skin, but they give you so many more health benefits too!  Grab these foods next time you're at the grocery store, and get ready to eat up to get your skin glowing.





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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key attributes of a Truth Bar?

Truth Bars are functional nutrition bars with many key attributes. They were the first bars with both prebiotics and probiotics; they are high in fiber (13-14g); low in sugar (4-5g); contain a full day's supply of Omega-3 from white chia seed (250mg); and are made from natural, real food ingredients with no fillers. They are gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, soy-free and all 200 calories or less. Truth Bars contain premium, mostly organic ingredients such as organic extra virgin coconut in our coconut bars. Truth Bars come in both Vegan and Non-Vegan varieties. Best of all, Truth Bars continue to receive mostly five stars for great taste!

Questions About Prebiotics and Probiotics:

What is a probiotic?

Probiotics are good bacteria in your digestive system that help to keep your gut healthy and that make a beneficial contribution to your overall health.

What is a prebiotic?

Prebiotics are indigestible fibers that come mainly from certain plant foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut.

Why is it important to have both prebiotics and probiotics together?

Prebiotics feed the probiotics to help them thrive and work longer in your body. When combining a nurturing base of prebiotics in the belly, with a good dose of probiotics, a garden of flora blossoms and fills the gut with a balanced, healthy microbiome.

How much probiotic is in each Truth Bar?

1 Billion CFU's.

What is the strain of probiotic used in Truth Bars?

Lactobacillus sporogenes (bacillus coagulans). It is a stable Lactic Acid forming probiotic that has extensive studies of gut healing effects ranging across gastrointestinal issues, bloating, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. This spore-producing bacteria remains dormant in the package and on grocery store shelves, but becomes activated once eaten.  This hardy bacteria strain has a protective shell that helps it survive the acid and bile in your stomach so that it can reach your intestines unharmed.  Once there, the low ph and moisture in your intestines allows it to activate and multiply rapidly.   This is especially true when it has prebiotics there to feed it.

Questions about ingredients:

How are Truth Bars sweetened?

In order to achieve a balance between sweetness and low sugar, Truth Bars are sweetened by a combination of natural sweeteners and real food ingredients.

How many grams of sugar do Truth Bars have?

The number of grams of sugar ranges from 4 grams per bar in the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar to 5 grams per bar in the rest of the Truth Bar flavors.

Are Truth Bars Made With All-Natural Ingredients?

Yes. Truth Bars are made with 100% all-natural ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners, and no fillers. Truth Bar ingredients are also non-GMO.

Are Truth Bars Vegan?

Two Truth Bar flavors are vegan. Our Dark Chocolate Coconut and Chocolate Raspberry Coconut bars are both 100% Vegan. They're both rich in fiber and essential medium chain fatty acids that are easily digested, which makes them incredibly useful for a quick burst of energy.

Three of our Truth Bars are protein based (10g per bar) and non-vegan. Our Chocolate Almond Crunch, Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch bars feature a Non-Vegan blend of brown rice protein, whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate that supplies essential Amino Acids for a "complete" or "whole" source of protein.

Are Truth Bars 100% gluten free?

Yes. All Truth Bars are 100% gluten free.

Are Truth Bars soy free?

Yes. Though often found in chocolate, the specially formulated dark chocolate coating on all Truth Bars is completely free of soy. (the chocolate coating itself is also sugar free)

Are Truth Bars dairy and lactose free?

Truth Bar's vegan bars (Dark Chocolate Coconut and Chocolate Raspberry Coconut) are dairy and lactose free. Truth Bar's protein bars contain both Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate.  These whey proteins contain a small percentage of lactose.

What about other allergens?

 If you have allergies, please read the food ingredients on the label carefully or talk to your nutritionist, allergist, or doctor about what is best for you. Also note that though not every Truth Bar contains these ingredients, they are made on equipment shared with peanuts, tree nuts, soy and dairy.

 Are Truth Bars kosher?

Yes. They are certified OU Kosher by the Orthodox Union. 

What is the source of Omega-3's?

Truth Bars contain Omega-3s from white chia seed.

Do Truth Bars contain MCT (medium chain triglyceride) Oil?

MCT Oil can be found in four of our bars: Chocolate Raspberry Coconut, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Almond Crunch.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch contains no MCT oil.

 Where can I find a full list of ingredients?

You can find a full list of ingredients on each bar’s label and product page on truthbar.com. The ingredients can be found by clicking the second tab on each product page.

Where can I find nutrition information?

Each bar’s nutrition facts can also be found on the product pages on truthbar.com. Just click the third tab.

You can also find information on the ingredient page on truthbar.com that outlines key ingredients and their benefits.

Truth Bars & Popular Diets:

Are Truth Bars Keto Friendly?

Keto diets are very low in carbs, high in fat, ideally higher in fiber, and have some balanced amount of protein. The strictest Keto diets require very low to almost no carbs. Truth Bars would not be ideal for the strictest keto diet. But if you are looking for a snack option for a basic or moderate keto diet, Truth Bar's Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch bar is a great choice -- high in fiber (13g), high in healthy fat (12g), moderate protein (10g) and relatively lower net carbs (6g).

How many Weight Watchers points does a Truth Bar have?

Truth Bars have approximately 8-9 points per bar.

Are Truth Bars Paleo Friendly?

Paleo diets in their strictest form include foods that hunter-gatherers would have eaten. This means no foods that were not available to them (like sugar, processed foods, artificial ingredients) and lots of fruits, grains and lean protein. Paleo diets also restrict grains, legumes and dairy. Truth Bars, while gluten-free and only containing real food ingredients, would not fit in the Paleo diet in its strictest form as they contain some sugar (4-5g).

Other Questions:

What is the shelf life of Truth Bars?

Truth Bars have a shelf life of 12 months from the date of production. We make our bars in small batches, which should ensure that our retailer's shelves are stocked with fresh bars when rotated correctly.

Do Truth Bars need to be refrigerated?

No. This type of probiotic is not in a live state on the shelf, it is activated only after it's eaten. For this reason, Truth Bars do not need to be refrigerated.

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