We get asked a lot by our YB community, “Will eating sugar age me?”
Well, firstly read the next line and then read it again!
A Public Health England report on diet finds most people in the UK are consuming almost 3 times the recommended daily sugar intake and obesity is on the rise. Sense a connection?
Here’s 10 good reasons to ditch the white stuff and avoid accelerating the aging process:
1. Does sugar age you? Yes, it’s aging. It reacts with protein, creating advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). These substances cause the skin to be wrinkled and cell structures to harden.
2. These are simple carbs in their purest form. The bod doesn’t have to work to break them down. They are processed quickly, provide a huge insulin hit which promotes the storage of fat.
3. These foods are void of fibre and nutrients, they won’t keep you full and satisfied and you will end up eating more.
4. White Stuff is often served with fat and salt to taste good. Plain bread? Blah. Plain spaghetti noodles? Gross. A bowl of white rice? Boring.
5. Too much sugar can lead to diabetes.
6. Like the booze, sugar has no nutrients. If you fill up on empty calories you won’t be able to get all the important nutrients your body needs.
7. Your body burns calories digesting proteins and fibre. Think of packaged foods as being “pre-digested” your body doesn’t use any energy in digestion, so more calories are available for fat storage.
8. Sugar is addictive! The more you eat the more you want!
9. Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and crankiness. If you don’t think sugar affects you, after you go without it for a week have a high sugar meal and see how you feel!
10. Sugar can promote tooth decay. But you knew this from your dentist, right?
It’s never too late to make lifestyle changes. Adopting healthier habits will slow the process of aging.
So what should I eat instead? (We hear you ask).
For your health we want you to focus on swapping out the sugar for fruits and vegetables. Eat a rainbow of colours and the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables will help to protect you from free radical damage. For example, lycopene in tomatoes, beta-carotene in pumpkin and flavonoids in green tea. There is increasing evidence that antioxidants are more effective when obtained from whole foods, rather than presented in a tablet form.
Where to get help? Your GP (doctor).
This blog is for informational purposes only. Persons who are in good health. suspect of their health or are aware of any conditions, physical deficiencies or diseases should always consult their GP (doctor) before undertaking any eating or exercise program.