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No Candy for You
October 31, 2007
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Experts now believe that sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled. (I can almost hear that some women may start screaming.) It is the result of glycation, in which any non-enzymic reaction between glucose and amino groups in proteins can form harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs can damage collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep sink firm and elastic resulting dry, brittle, sagging skins with wrinkles. Beside these damages, a high-sugar diet can also cause skin to be more vulnerable to other skin damage like UV light. Moreover, the more sugar one consumes, the more damage there is to his/her skin. Here is what one can do to minimize the damage and keep his/her skin look young:
1. Cut back on the sweet stuff in your diet.
2. Supplement your diet with at least 1 mg of vitamins B1 and B6 a day.
3. Wear broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day.
4. Employ an inside-outside approach to antioxidants.
5. Use new ingredients that protect skin from sugar.
Read the complete article in full detail: MSNBC
In addition, food dyes and preservative may make food/drink beautiful and almost flashy, but they contain chemicals that can be harmful to children or even adults. According to British Medical Journal, one of additives, sodium benzoate that is in almost all soft drinks, fruit juices, and candies, can cause children to be significantly more hyperactive than they are without having it. The following image contains a list of food additives and their potential negative health effects, so I think it is best, but difficult, to eliminate them from your diet or your children’s diet. (Image Source: Daily Mail)