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Foods That Will Protect You From The Sun & Keep You From Tanning

Nutritionist Pooja Makhija shares some food options that can provide you protection from the sun.
Published -05 May 2022, 14:49 ISTUpdated -05 May 2022, 15:27 IST
sun protection food

As the temperature keeps rising these days, so does our irritation level.  Many of us, however, are unable to avoid going out during these days. Whether it's for job, school, or grocery shopping, going out becomes a need that can't be avoided. While sunscreen is very effective and works wonderfully in protecting our skin from the sun on the outside, certain foods can provide protection from the sun on the inside.

These foods can provide you with natural protection, preventing you from becoming tanned in the first place.

Talking about the same, nutritionist Pooja Makhija shared on her Instagram account about several food items that we can include in our diet to keep ourselves protected during this hot season. Take a look at the list of foods that will keep you safe this summer:


pomegranate protect against sun

Pooja Makhija says “pomegranates have Ellagic acid which works like an antioxidant and gives you protection from UVA and UVB rays.”

You can include Pomegranate juice in your routine. It is a refreshing drink which can make you feel a lot energetic.

Pomegranate juice can be made at home with a manual or regular juicer. If you don't have any, cut the pomegranate in half and remove the seeds. Place all of the pomegranate seeds in a muslin cloth and press it to get fresh juice. To enhance the flavour, add black salt or lemon juice.


grapes protect against sun

Pooja Makhija says “that almost every single sunscreen lotion in the world uses extracts from the grapes. Therefore grapes can give you protection from the inside.”

Grapes also offer other benefits, such as being excellent for the eyes, containing a lot of antioxidants, improving blood flow to the brain,  preventing signs of ageing and other skin problems, and so on.

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Sweet Potatoes

sweet potatoes protect against sun

Pooja Makhija says that "Sweet Potatoes are the highest carotenoids amongst all the vegetables. She requests everyone to please eat them. She says that sweet potatoes can give you that sun kissed glowy look."

Sweet Potatoes or 'shakarkandi', have a good reputation for being a good source of numerous minerals, vitamins, and fibres, all of which are extremely useful to one's overall health. You can have them either raw or cooked.


carrots protect against sun

Carrots are another wonderful food that will give you protection from the sun naturally. Pooja Makhija says, "Just one medium size carrot is almost 200% of Vitamin A RDA which can give you protection maximized."

Carrots can be eaten in a variety of ways. You can drink it as a juice, eat it for lunch, or make it as a dessert; the possibilities are endless with this versatile vegetable.

Citrus Fruits

citrus fruit protect against sun

Citrus fruits should be part of your daily life. Nutritionist Pooja Makhija says that "citrus fruits are pure Vitamin C. Vitamin C is one antioxidant that protects you from Anti Aging, pigmentation, and dark spots."

Citrus fruits include oranges, lemons, grapefruits, pomelos, and limes and they are generally eaten fresh. However, more acidic citrus, such as lemons and limes, are generally not eaten on their own. Lemonade is a popular beverage prepared by diluting the juices of these fruits and adding sugar. You can also make this at home

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Now that you know the benefits of all these fruits, do use all of them on your plate so that you can protect yourself from the inside and enjoy the outside.

You can see the post by Nutritionist Pooja Makhija here:

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