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Trotters Keep Pace with the Anti-Aging Race

by 5m Editor
3 March 2008, at 10:54am

UK - As Britain's spending on cosmetic surgery soars, the quest for youthfulness could benefit from the latest anti-ageing food - Pigs' trotters.

That's right, says Fiona MacDonald Smith in The Telegraph. who adds that chopping and changing our diet could have more of an impact on the aging process.

In New York, the most talked-about new opening of the past couple of months has been a Japanese restaurant called Hakata Tonton, where 33 out of the 39 dishes contain pigs' feet.

The reason for this, according to its owner, Himi Okajima, is that they are rich in collagen, the protein responsible for skin and muscle tone, more recognisable to beauty addicts in the form of face creams and fillers.

"Collagen helps your body retain moisture," says Okajima, who has introduced a chain of restaurants specialising in collagen cuisine in Japan. "Your hair and skin will look better, but it's not just for looking beautiful now. If you begin eating collagen in your thirties, you will look younger in your forties."

Maybe this sounds a little improbable ("It's news to me," sniffs Lisa Miles of the British Nutrition Foundation. "I've certainly never heard of eating collagen") but Okajima believes he is on to something. Figures published last month show that British spending on cosmetic surgery is the highest in Europe, hitting nearly £500 million in 2006, four times more than in 2001.

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5m Editor