This is a serious question, although you guys will probably laugh at me. Has anyone noticed changes in their skin color because of eating too many sweet potatoes? The other day one of my friends said to me "dude, you look yellow". Sure enough, I went home and examined myself in the mirror, and my skin does seem to have a yellowish color to it - and I normally have "normal looking" skin. The only think I can think of is that I know that your skin can change colors if you eat massive amounts of carrots because of either the vitamin a or beta-carotene in them (I forget which one). I know that sweet potatoes have tons of these vitamins in them too, so I'm wondering if they could have caused this. I've been eating sweet potatoes for a while but the skin color change has been very gradual as well - I didn't just wake up one day with totally different-colored skin. Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm going to stop eating sweet potatoes for a while and see what happens, but I'm wondering how long it would take for my skin to change back if this is indeed the cause. I know it's not jaundice because I just had my liver tested, but I'm pretty freaked out about this...
Thread: Skin color and sweet potatoes
09-01-2005, 01:23 PM #1
Skin color and sweet potatoes
09-01-2005, 01:26 PM #2
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09-01-2005, 01:49 PM #3
09-01-2005, 01:52 PM #4
This is a pretty neat topic that I know a good amount about.
If you take in excess amounts of vitamin A through Beta Carotene, yes your skin can change to a orangish-yellow color. Beta Carotene is not toxic, unlike other forms of vitamin A (such as vitamin A palmitate, which can be leathal if taken in excess) and if you eat a lot of it consistently, it will deposit under your skin, giving a orangish hint to your skin color. Beta Carotene is what give carrots and sweet potatoes their orange color.
Back in WWII days, fighter pilots consumed LOTS of carrots, in an attempt to help them see better. So you could point out one by the color of their weird skin tone, orange.
09-01-2005, 02:23 PM #5
09-01-2005, 02:27 PM #6Originally Posted by RossK
09-04-2005, 09:24 AM #7
09-05-2005, 12:11 AM #8
Pretty weird thing, isn't it? Yes, it can happen if you consume enough carotenoids (beta-carotene is the culprit, I'd imagine) because excess carotenoids don't get washed out through your urine (like vitamin c or many other minerals), but are instead stored in your fat tissue below the skin. This causes the change in skin color, which is most apparent at the palms.
Beta-carotene is obviously an important factor in any diet. I'd keep the multivitamin and just try to consume less sweet potato. Good luck!
09-05-2005, 01:42 AM #9
My friends say I'll turn green with all the veggies I eat, but so far I'm fine. I think I balance it with the blueberries.The first rule of cheat club is you do not talk about cheat club. The second rule of cheat club is you DO NOT talk about cheat club. Third rule of cheat cub, someone yells stop!, goes limp, taps out, the cheat is over. Fourth rule, one cheat at a time, fellas. Fifth rule, cheats will go on as long as they have to. And the sixth and final rule, if this is your first night at cheat club, you have to cheat.
09-05-2005, 01:45 PM #10