At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.
Science says that fruit and vegetable consumption helps people to look better
After writing this article, 3 months ago, I found the video below with science backing up what I was feeling-- that plant-based foods help people look better. A report says:
Health is intimately linked with attractiveness. How do you tell if someone is healthy? You look for that golden glow that comes from the carotenoids in fruits and vegetables found to increase the attractiveness of African, Asian and Caucasian faces.
College students going from 3 servings a day to the recommended minimum of 9 servings a day for just 6 weeks significantly improved skin color.
The video below also has before and after photos of people. September 17, 2013 I found this video by Michael Greger M.D. telling how fruits and vegetables help people to look more attractive. Benefits of carotenoids include helping cardiovascular health, anti-tumor properties, improving skin health, supporting eye health and male fertility.
Appealing to Vanity: Could Potential Appearance Improvement Motivate Fruit and Vegetable Consumption by Michael Greger M.D.
Diet You Follow
Pictures of Vegans
Vegans That Look Adorable and Gorgeous (Many are Facebook friends)
Does a Vegan Diet Create Beautiful Looking People
The title of this article is also a question. Maybe it is a combination of the above and beautiful looking people loving animals and becoming vegan. The vegan diet is also called a plant-based diet.
I do know that people that were very overweight and had health problems were able to lose the weight and health problems. This article was written June 4, 2013.
Losing health problems and weight are facts like number of pounds lost. Now looking beautiful is subjective not objective. It is objective that 10 is a higher number than 5. But it is subjective whether one person looks better than another.
June 13, 2013 Update: The entertainment value of this article has just gone up. I just added to it a new music video with Megan Elizabeth that is in the pictures on the right. In the video she is kissing a woman. I have to check the website that it mentions to see if the other woman is also a raw vegan.
I do have another article that deals with the facts and science of a plant-based or vegan diet. See Latest Science on Health Benefits of a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet. Please note that the great Dr. Oz himself married a woman (Linda) that had been vegetarian since age 15!
Here is an article that was on The Examiner called Dr. Oz: Why I follow a Vegetarian Diet. It said:
Surgeon and TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz has been a vegetarian for many years, saying eating whole, real plant foods gives him the energy to keep up with his hectic lifestyle.
People are attracted to different people. Although I was telling Cosette (the love of my life)(see pictures) about my vegan diet article and how it had a picture of Victoria and sent a link of that to her.
When Cosette saw Victoria Everett's picture (on right) she said "Wow!" Victoria lost 120 pounds from adopting a raw vegan diet (the link under her picture has before and after pictures). Some decide to eat all their plant foods raw just like all the other animals on this planet except baboons.
One time I was watching baboons in the wild when they thought no one was looking and saw them cooking and eating food. No, just kidding. I eat a mostly raw vegan diet with lots of fruits and salads.
Spring 2014 Update
On the first day of spring, March 20, 2014, Victoria Everett posted this on Facebook:
Spring! Time to start buying fruit trees and plant them randomly throughout the city.
Sometimes I do it secretly. Mostly though I just knock on people's doors and ask them where they want it planted on their yard. Most take me up on it! Only have had a small amount turn me away. The key is to smile really BIG. LOL [End of Update]
Here is a March 16, 2013 article that was on The Examiner called Jared Leto, 42, credits vegan diet and yoga workouts for age-defying good looks. It said:
Jared Leto credits a vegan diet and yoga workouts for his youthful good looks. Leto, who at 42 looks a decade younger, also doesn't drink and makes sure he gets enough rest.
I love fruits like watermelon and cherries. In fact I can easily eat nothing but watermelons or cherries and nothing else for days. Huffington Post has an article by Leo Galland M.D. about how cherries reduce pain and inflammation better than aspirin. Watermelon can help ED and reduce high blood pressure. See Health Benefits of Watermelon.
Watermelons have a lot of potassium and more lycopene than tomatoes. When I eat them I feel great. They may be my single favorite food. For salads I go to Trader Joe's and buy these gourmet salads and add some of their organic greens combinations to them.
The greens combination that I get (they have many) is called Herb Salad Mix. It contains (everything organic) red and green romaine, red & green oak leaf, red leaf, lollo rosa, tango, baby spinach, red & green chard, mizuna, arugula, frisee, radicchio, parsley, cilantro and dill.
Here is one of their salads to show how good I eat. Kale and Edamame Bistro Salad contains kale, edamame beans (soybeans), dried cranberries, grape tomatoes, sliced almonds, scallions (green onions) and a lemon herb dressing. Another Trader Joe's salad that I like is Super Spinach Salad. It contains spinach, shredded carrots, dried cranberries, grape tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, quinoa, edamame beans and carrot ginger miso dressing.
As far as beautiful or handsome looking celebrities that are vegan, you have Alicia Silverstone with her Kind Life blog and book (below), Woody Harrelson, Natalie Portman, Pamela Anderson (Borat loves her), Tobey Maguire (Spiderman), Leona Lewis, Paul McCartney (vegetarian), Alyssa Milano, Brad Pitt, Carrie Underwood, Anne Hathaway, Christina Applegate and Betty White (who is 90 years old) (see article below).
Here is an article about 50 celebrity vegetarians (many are vegan) with a picture slideshow with all of them. Before I wrote this article I read an article about how lots of pictures on an article make it a lot more interesting. Of course that is the main point of the article above about 50 celebrity vegetarians. It does show Mike Tyson and Bill Clinton that are vegans or eat a plant-based diet. It does not show Roseanne Barr that became a vegan after having a heart attack at age 50. The last that I heard was that Demi Moore follows a raw vegan diet.
My motivation for writing this was Shelley Williams saying on her Facebook page that sometimes she feels like she is not good looking. She has many videos on Youtube and what attracted me to these videos was how great Shelley looked in them.
Every year she takes those few days to get some volunteers to make sure that the cars cross the road only when there are no frogs crossing it. So without her, all of these frogs would get run over. Now that is a very beautiful thing to do. I met her and her friend Yarrow while I was eating at a Chinese vegan restaurant called Singapore at Race and 6th streets in Philadelphia Chinatown. For about 10 years, I ate at this restaurant once a week and sometimes twice a week, every week. It has incredible tasting food. I love their fake fried duck.
Among the pictures is Erin Elizabeth that used to have a vegan retreat. Here is a story about her that she put on her Facebook page in June 2013:
Was just driving home from Farmer's market when I saw a guy his wife or GF w their kid walking w their older large breed grey dog. It's pretty hot here [Florida] and looked like ole' dog might not be able to keep up so the guy was screaming at the poor old thing and yanking on his chain (w excessive force) when that didn't work - then he shook the leash so it ricocheted and hit the dog who was scared to death (OBViously).
Well yours truly drove her car almost into the sidewalk to STOP this BS pronto. It's not my style & not sure where I got the courage but I said to stop the abuse right now. And that NO animal (or kid or human) will ever be treated like that on my watch end of story!!! . I did it right in front of the woman and kid because maybe they'll learn that Daddy doesn't abuse an obviously petrified dog (or ANYone!) who couldn't keep up in the heat. I would do it again in a heart beat. He wasn't a big guy but I was much smaller - he did quit and just stared. I drove off.
Even if someone does not want to eat a vegan diet, they can always try to eat more plant-based foods and eat less animal foods. In fact they have something called Meatless Mondays where people avoid eating any meat on Mondays. The United States Department of Agriculture is encouraging Americans to eat more fruit and vegetables. They say that currently they do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Maybe we should have a Tofu Tuesday!
Joel Fuhrman M.D. says the following vegan foods prevent and heal disease. Health looks good whereas disease does not look good. He uses the acronym G-BOMBS to make it easier to remember. Eat greens, berries, onions, mushrooms, beans and seeds/nuts.
Does Dr. Oz say that the vegan or plant-based is the best diet for health?
Well Dr. Oz has a TV show that is supported by sponsors so he has to be careful what he says. But he did not just say the above, he proved it with numbers. He did an experiment that must have impressed him. He took 3 women and locked them up in a zoo.
All that they had to eat were raw fruits and vegetables, just like some other animals in the zoo. He calls it the prehistoric diet. Some object to this because of what they heard about what man used to eat. But none of us were there in pre-historic times. It is all guessing. But the latest research shows that grains were there much further back then believed and man did not eat much meat. See my scientific article on this subject that I first mentioned above for more on this.
There was no refrigeration back then and if you do not eat meat right away it will get maggots. But you can leave fruits and vegetables lying around for days. So they did not want to go out hunting at every meal. So they take some time to gather a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and maybe some fungus (mushrooms) and then they got food that they can store and keep around and eat it at their leisure, just like you do now!
So getting back to these 3 women that you can watch while all this happens. They only ate raw fruits and vegetables for a few days to do what Dr. Oz calls the prehistoric diet. So what were the results. Well there were more bowel movements but that is anecdotal and not very scientific. But here are the medical results. After doing this for 3 days their average blood pressure went from 128/91 to 115/72.
As a medical doctor, Dr Oz explains how this is phenomenal or miraculous results. The average triglycerides in their arteries went from 138 to 88. The LDL went down 37 points and average weight went down 4 pounds. Then he has an expert come in and explain how to incorporate this miraculous experiment into your life without living in a zoo. And everything the expert suggests doing is plant based.
In fact the different colors of plant foods represent the different plant medicines in the foods that are called phytochemicals or phytonutrients. So the experts sorts the foods to eat by colors. Some animals are color blind (compared to us) but humans can see colors. So here is the link to the page of the first part of the video and from there you can go and watch the other parts of the video and see what I am talking about for yourself.
So go to this page on the Dr. Oz website to see all this, starting with part 1. So Dr. Oz has demonstrated the power of the plant-based or vegan diet. The side effects of blood pressure medications are a nightmare. Also they do not extend someone's life span at all. But what did you think? Do you think that a guy with high blood pressure who exercises more, loses weight and switches to a very healthy diet and has normal blood pressure is in the same boat as a guy with a terrible diet, overweight and does not exercise but lowers his blood pressure to normal with medications?
I just added the video below by Dr. Greger. He reads every scientific article on health and diet so you do not have to. He has over 100 5 minute videos. This one is over an hour long but uses studies to show you how to avoid the leading causes of death. It is all science.
Vegan Sushi Picture
Food As Medicine by Michael Greger M.D.
I Want What You've Got by Shelley Williams
Vegan Style- Entertaining vegan version of Gangnam Style | These adorable young women say that a vegan diet makes their skin glow.
Gary Yourofsky & Kate Timko give a lecture about the ethics & nutrition of a vegan diet.
Kristina & Megan Make Raw Love Pies!
Little Boy, Luiz Antonio, Explains Why People Should not Eat Animals and Causes Mother to Cry. Why Luiz Doesn't Want to Eat Animals-- English Subtitles.
Mimi Kirk: 72 year old vegan shows little to no signs of aging. She won the PETA award for best looking vegan over the age of 50! Became vegetarian at age 30.
Stuff Meat Eaters Say (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
101 Reasons to Go Vegan - ARFF
Ohio Dairy Farm Brutality
Sophie on September 05, 2015:
I had a mystery illness, I had gone to like maybe
45 doctors, finally it was discovered it was black mold hidden. I noticed most of the doctor I worked with before did not look healthy to me. Then I ended up seeing two naturopathic doctors they were older, but they both looked so young. They both were vegetarians, were into juice fasting and did yogi just like me! The office was a like a library tons of books on the healthiest people and longest living people in the world. It was so interesting. I had been vegetarian since I was 19 and I'm 49 . On the way out the doctor stopped and asked his receptionists to guess my age and they guessed around 30 maybe 33. So, who know it is all in the eye of the beholder.
But this I do know that Kaiser did tons of research on the healthiest patients and they really started pushing a plant based diet, nothing more motivating for these guys then to increase profits and decrease losses.
MaryBeth Walz from Maine on June 08, 2013:
I see, now I've learned something - thank you! I'm fascinated by the way our bodies have adapted to lactose. Since the "dawn of time," it is one of the fastest adaptations. For example, since the area around Switzerland was the first to keep cows domestically and use their milk, they have the highest percentage of lactose tolerant people in the world. But every year, more people's bodies adapt. It was a fascinating fact I learned on Nova about Ötzi. Also, they were amazed to find that he had arterial sclerosis which was thought to have been a modern disease due to modern stress and diet!
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on June 08, 2013:
No one was a vegan at the time of Einstein since the word did not exist. But the major difference is dairy and 74% of the people in the world cannot digest dairy (lactose intolerant).
Also to permanently label someone, you use what they were when they die. So if someone switched from many diets or many religions, you can call them what they were when they died since they will now be that for eternity.
For example my good friends were vegan way before I was. But if I become a pescitarian (eat fish but not meat) a week before I die then they can say that I was pescitarian, not for a while but permanently.
MaryBeth Walz from Maine on June 08, 2013:
Women in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia have considerable rights. Also, it's interesting to note that the Prophet Mohammed was a feminist in his day, giving women rights they didn't have previously.
It's also interesting to note that the information on Einstein being a vegetarian (he was not a vegan) is not all that reliable. The most unbiased info that I found was on International Vegetarian Union's site. They stated that at best, the evidence available shows that, although he supported vegetarianism for much of his life, he actually only practiced it for the last year or so of his life.
And while the United States is a secular country, each Muslim that comes from another culture usually retain their culture within their own household. You might have been amazed at the girls, young women, and parents attending graduations here, all dressed in their various traditional clothes, so beautiful, and the girls graduating wearing their varying "required" clothes, all hooping and hollering as loud as anyone else as they walk down the aisle to get their diploma. My daughter's friend came from Somalia as a baby and his father has not been able to get out, but the mother works and takes care of the kids on her own. Mohammed got a full scholastic scholarship to our state university. I was just as proud of him as my daughter!!!
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on June 07, 2013:
I was not sure if it was all Muslim countries but since you said that it is not, then how about being specific. Are there any Muslim countries where women have all the rights of men? If so then which ones? The U.S. is not a Muslim country.
MaryBeth Walz from Maine on June 07, 2013:
Well, that's true only in some Muslim countries. And certainly, the Muslim population where I live have as varied beliefs about women as any other faith in the US! :)
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on June 04, 2013:
That is not my fault about the intelligent vegans being men. I am a feminist but we live in a male dominated world. At one time in America white men were allowed to vote but blacks and women were not allowed to vote. Even though the blacks had been slaves, they (male blacks) got the right to vote before women.
So you got the hierarchy of white males, black males and women. Gloria Steinem said that women of the world are second class citizens just like the blacks in America. In Muslim countries women are not allowed to get an education, drive a car, work a job or even beg for money.
MaryBeth Walz from Maine on June 04, 2013:
Mimi is amazing. I think she has remembered the other things that make you healthy and beautiful - happiness, joy, relaxation, etc. Now that I'm not able to work, the stress levels for me have dropped and I feel better than I did when I worked and took care of my sick father, etc. EDS stinks, but it does keep us looking younger because of the natural lack of collagen keeping our skin stretchy.
Thank you for sharing her story. I do note though, that she was not vegan during her childbearing and some of much of her perimenopausal years. I also note that your list of intelligent vegans are - men.
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on June 04, 2013:
As far as forcing my views on anyone, I have not done anything like that. I have just written an article that contains my opinion and that of others. Did anyone force you to read the article? Did I say that you better follow it or else I will come over to where you live and steal your garbage and impregnate your dog. Note that comes from an old joke about how you know that a burglar of a certain nationality robbed your house.
As far as cholesterol, it is a medical fact that the liver produces most of the cholesterol that people use. As far as bad and good cholesterol, that does not apply to dietary cholesterol. The cholesterol in food is neither good nor bad. It refers to the cholesterol produced by the liver.
As far as older women, it sounds like you are saying that I should have included the video of the 72 year old vegan that looks great. So I will do that!