Padma Lakshmi Looks So Young Because Half of What She Eats Is...

This diet tip from Bravo's Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi will make you feel — and look — like a million bucks. 

Padma Lakshmi is 47 years old. And if that surprises you, you're not alone. The Bravo's Top Chef judge revealed to People that fans always think she's younger than she actually is. The reason for that, Padma reasons, can be found on her plate. 

"I think the reason people don’t believe I am the age that I am is because I always ate well in my 20s,” she shared. While some of us spent that age noshing on late-night pizza alone, Padma added plenty of fruits and vegetables to her diet from a young age.

"I eat 50 percent fruits and vegetables, fruits and vegetables of all colors. That really, really makes a difference," the foodie shared.

She also expounded on her food-based beauty philosophy: "What you eat shows up on your skin, on your hair, on your nails [and] on the whites of your eyes. And people don’t realize that!” 

But for a side dish, the philosophical Padma also recommends something that can't be found on any menu: brain power. "[I teach my daughter] that beauty comes from within,” she said. “Beauty is skin deep but that ‘dumb’ and ‘ boring’ are to the bone. We can buy you beauty but we can’t buy you smarts!” 

BRB, running to grab a green juice and a copy of The New York Times... 

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