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PUBLISHED: 4:57 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Set the Table: Beauty from the Inside Out

What makes someone beautiful on the outside is often reflective of what they put in the inside. Fresh summer fruits such as peaches, plums and nectarines are proven to be sources of antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Research shows that antioxidants can protect skin from damaging UV rays, and antioxidants are more effective when more than one is present at the same time, as in California peaches, plums and nectarines.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have found that California peaches, plums and nectarines are good sources of two groups of phytonutrients, the carotenoids and the polyphenols, both powerful antioxidants that may hold the secret to long life and vitality.

Beginning in June, consumers can access a personalized 90-Day Challenge calendar on www.eatcaliforniafruit.com that will allow them to check off how many servings of California peaches, plums and nectarines they eat each day and provide them with:

• Exercise, nutrition and beauty tips;

• Healthy recipes that incorporate fresh California fruit; and

• At-home beauty recipes, including masks and moisturizers.

"The choice of fruit to incorporate in recipes, smoothies and salads is crucial, if one wants to experience the body and beauty rewards. The payoffs, I promise, will be tremendous," said beauty expert and health advocate Kat James, author of The Truth About Beauty and founder of www.informedbeauty.com. "Fresh peaches, plums and nectarines can help you do this, because they are lower on the glycemic index than most fruits and juices."


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