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This is the Main Cause of Earlier Skin Aging, According to Science

Anti-aging regimens are a huge industry. Countless cosmetics and regimens claim they can help you preserve youth and erase the signs of aging. But what if preventing premature aging was as easy (and inexpensive) as choosing not to put one thing in your body? "Added sugar is the number one most significant health threat in America," says David Zinczenko, best-selling author of Zero Sugar Diet. "A sugar like fructose, for example, may increase blood pressure, increase heart rate, and raise myocardial oxygen demand (basically, how much oxygen your heart needs to function).

It may also contribute to inflammation, insulin resistance, and overall metabolic dysfunction. And we get more fructose in our diets today than was ever possible before, thanks to high-fructose corn syrup, the sweetener used (and sometimes hidden) in soda and most other convenience foods. The more added sugar that sneaks its way into your diet, the less healthy food you'll eat the rest of the day. And the faster you will age."

The main Cause

"Findings from research studies suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging," says the American Academy of Dermatology. Not only can eating too much sugar prematurely age your body—it increases your chance of obesity and associated health problems like cardiovascular disease and diabetes—it can additionally directly age your skin. "Sugar may be obvious or it may be hidden," says Zinczenko. "There are dozens of names you might find in the ingredients list that really just mean sugar. The USDA lists the following as alternate names for added sugars recognized by the FDA: anhydrous dextrose, brown sugar, confectioner's powder sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrose, fructose, hight-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), honey, invert sugar, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, nectars, pancake syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar, white granulated sugar; other names not recognized by the FDA include: cane juice, evaporated corn sweetener, crystal dextrose, glucose, liquid fructose, sugar cane juice, and fruit nectar." Read on to find out how these sugars age you—and what you can do about it.

How Sugar Ages You

When consumed in excess, sugar binds to collagen and elastin, two proteins in our skin that keep it looking firm and young. This creates advanced glycation end products (aptly acronymed AGEs), which damage collagen and elastin and actually stop the body from repairing them.

Originally published: Eat This Not That

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