Updated: Feb 5, 2019
We all know that excess sugar rots the teeth, is bad for the waistline, and is bad for our heart, but what about our skin? We have lost count of how many times we've heard people say "I want a glowing skin". Research has shown that your sweet tooth is one of the major hindrances keeping you from achieving that illusive added glow you've been searching for. Yep, that soda you can't go a day without, your favourite pastry and confectioneries could be the cause of a number of skin problems you've been experiencing. Here's why excess sugar intake might be the secret saboteur to your beauty regimen.
Sugar can cause Glycation
When we consume too many sugary or high-glycemic foods—these sugars react with proteins and fats in an abnormal way. During this process, the sugar attaches to proteins in your bloodstream, creating harmful molecules called advanced "glycation end products" usually (appropriately) shortened to "AGESs". AGEs accelerates your skins' aging process and worsens skin conditions like acne and rosacea.
Sugar can be the natural enemy of Collagen.
Collagen and Elastin fibers are responsible for giving a youthful skin its full, smooth appearance and are most powerless to glycation. When we ingest excess sugar, the sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers which eventually causes them to lose their flexibility and strength, leaving the skin with wrinkles.
Sugar can cause dehydration
As we might have heard before, keeping yourself hydrated goes a long way in improving your skin as it helps to rid the body and skin of toxins. Sugar sucks up the water from you skin cells, leading to puffiness, dryness , and the dreaded under-eye circles. A well hydrated skin will give you a refreshed and youthful looking skin.
It's really difficult & to an extent unhealthy to avoid sugar altogether especially because it exists in most of what we eat, from natural foods like fruits and vegetables to processed foods like confectioneries, cereals, and pastries. However, we can strive to know the sugar ingredients our body needs for a healthy life and those it doesn't.
Sugar Ingredients to Avoid
1. Malt syrup 2. Brown sugar 3. Corn syrup 4. Dextrose 5. Fructose 6. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) 7. Anhydrous dextrose 8. Corn syrup solids 9. Dextrose 10. Pancake syrup 11. White granulated sugar 12. Invert sugar 13. Lactose 14. Confectioner’s powdered sugar 15. Sucrose 16. Raw sugar
Some recommended antiinflammatory diet may include foods that include; fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, and healthy fats like omega-3 fats. Also eating a moderate amounts of nuts, little red meat and drinking red wine in moderation.