With Halloween now just a few short days away, many youngsters across Canada are preparing themselves for the annual trick-or-treating festivities. Parents are getting ready as well. It’s their job, not only to safely escort their children from home to home in order to attain pieces of candy, but to inspect said candy post trick-or-treating excursion. And let’s be honest. We adults love candy just about as much as our children do! Our inspections often lead to the holding of candy for ourselves.
But is candy really that bad for you? Well, we all know that the sugar content in candy is through the roof and, as a result, it is bad for our teeth. Naturally, we all tell our children that only a couple of pieces per day are acceptable as there really isn’t much nutritional value to candy. We know that the more sugar one consumes, the more likely he or she is to develop negative health issues like obesity and diabetes. But, believe it or not, the consumption of candy is also bad for your skin.
How is candy bad for your skin? Rebecca Adams of The Huffington Post explains that the body breaks down sugar and high-glycemic foods into glucose, which raises insulin levels. This leads to what dermatologist, Dr. Nicholas Perricone refers to as a “burst of inflammation throughout the body.” This inflammation produces enzymes that work to break down collagen and elastin. The result is sagging skin and wrinkles.
“Sugar basically attacks the healthy, supple collagen in your skin that keeps your skin wrinkle free,” explains Heather Williams on AllWomensTalk.com, “Sugar basically ‘eats’ the collagen, so to speak, on a cellular level, which leads to dehydrated, dull-looking skin. When your collagen levels are depleted, wrinkles occur.”
“Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation,” elaborates Adams, “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.”
What foods should be avoided to promote healthier skin? Adams describes simple carbohydrates as “your skin’s enemy”. She highly advises the avoidance of proinflammatory or high-glycemic foods as well as those that are high in saturated fats. They include white bread, fried food, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, ketchup, cream cheese, jam, pizza, soda and you guessed it, candy.
What foods should be eaten to promote healthier skin? Not surprisingly, it is recommended that anti-inflammatory foods that contain healthy fats are consumed. They include avocados. Lean protein such as salmon, high-fibre foods like broccoli and cauliflower and low-glycemic options like beans, nuts and whole grains are also good for your skin. Adams also points out that complex carbs like brown rice and vegetables break down into glucose at slower rates and therefore, do not spike insulin levels. So they’re okay.
But what sweet foods are good for your skin? When wanting satisfy that sweet tooth, it’s best to opt for fruits that are rich in antioxidants like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and prunes. “Without antioxidants in our diet, we increase our susceptibility to cancer cells and premature aging,” says Lizette Borelli on MedicalDaily.com.
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