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By Dr. Clara Barnett ND, LAc

Sugar and Skin

What happens to all that sugar floating around in your bloodstream?  Glycation is the process by which sugar attaches to proteins to form AGEs (Advanced Glycosylation End Products).   These AGEs damage collagen and elastin which results in aging of the skin.  Sugar is inflammatory to our bodies and the face is no exception. 

Remember, it’s not just refined sugars that have this effect.  Any refined carbohydrate, breads, pastas, baked goods, desserts and sweet drinks will quickly turn into simple sugars. 

Did you know that the Average American eats between 13 and 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day?  Most of us are unaware of how much excess sugar is in food.

While it’s acceptable to have some sugar in our diet, many people struggle with being able to manage their consumption.  This is where learning how to eat a balanced diet can naturally lead to fewer sugar cravings and less of a tendency to overeat. 

Discover the world of other flavors and less inflammatory ways to sweeten up your food.  What information are you following and is it working for you?

Read a recent article published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which links dietary carbohydrates to acne.  http://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(17)30334-9/abstract


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