We all know that eating too many sweets and sugary food is bad for your health, and you will probably gain some pounds too. But did it ever concern you that too much sugar in the body may cause skin problems? For sweet and dessert lovers out there, this might get u a bit upset but here is the truth about what sugar might do to your skin.
According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist and nutritionist, sugar can cause “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.” Why is that? Sugar or high-glycemic foods convert to sugar rapidly. These carbohydrates will break down into glucose, which will raise your insulin levels and puts unnatural demands on your body. The inflammation will produce enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, which may result in wrinkles and sagging skin. Aside from increasing effects of aging, too much sugar may cause skin conditions like acne and rosacea. The more sugar you intake, the more likely you will develop insulin resistance, which can manifest as excess hair growth and dark patches on the neck and in body creases.
What sugar you should avoid? Simple carbohydrates, which can rapidly break down into glucose and result in insulin spikes, are your skin’s enemy. Such foods that contain simple carbohydrates are: white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, cream cheese, pizza, packaged snacks, soda, fruit juice, and sugar (white and brown). If you want healthier body and skin, consume less of these foods.
But don’t worry, not all sugar is bad. Complex carbohydrates, which are broken down into glucose at a slower rate, are good for the skin and body. Foods such as brown rice, vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains and fruits contain complex carbohydrates and other natural elements that will help you maintain your youthful skin.
The rule is simple: eat less of complex carbohydrates and more of complex carbohydrates. It is okay to cheat once in a while because having a balanced diet is most important. So, don’t feel stressed, you can still eat your favorite dessert. 😉