Every new study that is being carried out confirms that extra sugar intake is quite damaging both to the body and to the skin. Unfortunately, the sugar consumption is going up in American diet. In the daily diet, experts recommend not more than 26 gm (6 teaspoons) sugar for women and 38 gm (9 teaspoons) for men, but according to the CDC, average daily average sugar consumption for men and women has gone up to 82 gms (19 teaspoons).
For those interested in caring for their health and skin, we might recommend the book “10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat) by Dr. Frank Lipman, which explains the toxic effect of sugar on the body. According to Dr. Frederic Brandt, giving up sugar could make you look younger by at least ten years.
Dermatologists explain in layman’s term how sugar affects the skin: it breaks down collagen, the springy substance that makes your skin look plump, youthful, and lifted. Also, Sugar can weaken the immune system, and a suppressed immune system is bad at fighting off bacteria. Bacteria clogged in pores creates pimples.Going deeper into it, when you ingest sugar or high-glycemic foods that rapidly convert to sugar — whether it’s in the form of an apple or a piece of cake — your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels. Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread and soda, cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to what Dr. Perricone describes as “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.”
Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Plus, the more sugar you eat, the more likely it is you’ll develop insulin resistance, which can manifest as excess hair growth (hirsutism) and dark patches on the neck and in body creases.
The simple carbohydrates have damaging effect on skin. Therefore, opt for complex carbohydrates, like brown rice and vegetables, which are broken down into glucose at a slower rate (and therefore don’t cause that pesky insulin spike).
Both for the overall health, and for maintaining bright rejuvenated skin, Herbally Radiant advises its customers to avoid foods that are pro-inflammatory, high-glycemic or high in saturated fats like: white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, ketchup, cream cheese, jam, pizza, sugar (white and brown), packaged snacks and sodas.