Why coloring makes food look more beautiful

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(NaturalNews) If you’ve ever seen images of starving children on the face of the “Mona Lisa,” you’re not alone. Scientists have noticed that there are a wide range of anomalies when it comes to the “middling” or “normal” face on the celebrated Renaissance masterpiece. In fact, scientists point out that the “middling” look can even be detrimental to the health of the “normal” facial features. According to a study conducted at the University of Cincinnati: “Normal” skin is actually the result of a process that makes the face of “Mona Lisa” have less wrinkles, loss of density, and more even tone.

Researchers point out that the face on the “Mona Lisa” was altered by the artists in a way that made the woman appear beautiful, and in doing so, they turned “normal” skin into “middling” skin. Now it’s being alleged that the same is true of the food you eat — that it actually makes you look prettier.

In fact, an article by the New York Times published Monday, dubbed “Why Food Is So Beautiful” discusses how restaurants use food coloring to highlight the beauty of vegetables and cheese and how that can make one’s plate look “healthy.”

According to this study, food coloring can actually make fruits and vegetables look more beautiful because, although they generally look good on the plate, when they’re colored they are made to appear more beautiful than when they are not colored. To prove the point, the scientists added food coloring to produce and salad mixes and found that the colored produce looked more pretty than the non-colored produce.

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The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and published in the June 2013 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, did not address the actual health consequences of having a brightly colored plate. The scientists pointed out the obvious: because it made vegetables look more beautiful, the researchers noted that people who eat more vegetables would eat fewer calories than people who do not eat more vegetables.

But what does this tell us about the role of food coloring in the obesity pandemic?

Why coloring makes food look more beautiful

The problem with the idea that food coloring is beauty enhancer is that the “beauty” is only as good

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