I'm Turning Yellow!

From Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live:

My doctor noted that my complexion had turned yellowish and told me to cut back on foods containing carotene, such as mangoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

The slight yellow-orange tinge to your skin is not a problem; it is a marker that you are on a healthy diet. On the contrary, any person who does not have some degree of carotenemia in his or her skin is not eating properly, and such an eating pattern places him or her at risk of cancer—including skin cancer. I drink no carrot juice; however, my skin has a slight hue, especially when contrasted with the skin of people eating conventionally. When my patients eat a nutritionally packed diet, their skin changes color slightly as well. Tell your doctor it is he who has the dangerous skin tone. However, I still do not recommend taking a vitamin A or high doses of betacarotene from supplements.
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Leanne - October 2, 2006 11:26 PM

I actually wondered about this as well, as my skin and that of my 23 month old son (both vegan and following the Eat To Live plan does have a slight yellowish tinge when compared to most other people.

That said, we're also much healthier than most other people! Since switching to the ETL plan I've not even has so much as a sniffle, and my baby son has been incredibly healthy as well.

Our only problem seems to be keeping the fruit tray well stocked enough - we had to switch from a bowl to a 2-foot long tray, because the bowl was emptying too quickly!

Stephanie - October 3, 2006 8:33 AM

That sounds like my skin lol. For fun my mom always lays her hand across mine to show how orange mine is (I love fruits and veggies and I eat around 30 pounds of carrots a month, and a ton of sweet potatoes and other orange/red/yellow fruits and veggies) Though my skin isn't yellowish, it is orange. Like traffic cone orange :)

Chris MacAskill - March 12, 2008 2:57 AM

That's funny, my skin is neither yellow nor slight either. My friends and family are saying, "Dude, you're orange. Weird. We've never seen anything like it. Look at the palms of your hands!"

Lb - April 30, 2010 4:42 PM

All my life, I have noticed on and off my face and areas that are exposed to the sun at times turn yellow instead of my usual tan. My diet has not been all that healthy. Just nachos and what i can eat from fast food cause of my busy schedule. What could it be? bread from burgers? or Nachos that i would eat almsot 4 times a week as a meal. could that be it?

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