Sugar and skin – Not So Sweet

We all seem to like something sweet, and many of us would describe ourselves as having a “sweet tooth.” Our love for sugar, however, might be showing on our faces. 

This BBC News article suggests that we are all eating too much sugar: The effect of this is not only bad for our general health, but can also have negative effects on our skin. 

Here’s the “science bit” of why this happens. Eating sugar and refined carbohydrates (such as white pasta, white bread and white rice which are easily converted to sugar by the body) results in glucose ‘spikes’ in the blood. Your body cannot process such ‘spikes’ fast enough, and so the glucose molecules attach themselves to the collagen in your skin in a process known as glycation. Because collagen gives skin its structure, this process can lead to the skin losing its elasticity, which in turn leads to sagging and wrinkles.  These rapid rises in blood sugar can also trigger an inflammatory response, which generates chemicals that can damage skin.  As if that were not enough, the body uses antioxidants to normalise blood sugar levels, depleting the antioxidants that neutralise skin- damaging free radicals.  So if you want to keep your skin glowing and wrinkle-free, forget botox and fillers and ditch the sugar!

I’ll be giving you sugar-free recipe ideas over the next few weeks- where ditching the sugar doesn’t mean ditching taste! 

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