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Chicken, Avocado and Brown Rice Salad
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Moisturisers and sunscreens may help to keep you looking youthful, but your skin and hair also need to be nourished from within. The best way to do that is by choosing the right diet: eating foods rich in antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E, and selenium, along with many of the phytochemicals found in fruit and vegetables) will help protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and slow the progress of ageing. A diet that is deficient in vitamins, minerals or essential fatty acids can result in skin problems such as dryness, or the slow healing of cuts and wounds. Vitamins from the B group help to strengthen the hair shaft: weight for weight, brown rice contains twice as many B vitamins as white. It also has a firmer texture than white rice, as well as a slightly nutty taste and works really well in salads such as this one. Avocados are rich in essential fatty acids which help keep the skin and scalp in good condition. Lack of essential fats can cause hair to become dry and lifeless.
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This recipe was first published in Sun Apr 01 01:00:00 BST 2007.