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(KUTV) Salt Lake City - Did you know there's sunscreen you can eat? No, we're not talking about squeezing that tube of white lotion into your mouth. We're talking about foods you can eat every day that can help protect your skin from sunburn!

Dr. Shawn Talbott is a nutritional biochemist who studies how diet and lifestyle can help people look, feel, and perform their best. Dr. Talbott joined Casey on Fresh Living to loop us in on which foods protect you from the sun.

"When most people think about “SPF” – they think about the sun protection factor as it relates to sunscreen. As a nutritionist, I also like people to understand the “other SPF” – referring to “skin-protecting foods.” These are foods that deliver specific nutrients that can help to block harmful UV light, reduce sunburns, and deliver a range of anti-aging benefits," says Dr. Talbott.

Examples of Sun-Protecting Foods:

  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Salmon
  • Sweet Potato

One of Dr. Talbott's favorite smoothie recipes is also great for sun protection:

Green Acai Smoothie (makes ~16oz)

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  • 1?2 cup chopped kale (packed)
  • 1?2 cup chopped spinach (packed)
  • 1?4 avocado
  • 1 packet (3.5oz / 100g) of frozen acai berries
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • handful of parsley Grapes, blueberries, and cherries