We all want to look good, don't we? We want the fountain of youth! Unfortunately, the juice you had with breakfast or the dessert you snuck before bed might be doing just the opposite.
Sugar ages us in many ways, both internally and externally, including our skin.
If you put a banana out on the counter and unpeel it, what happens in 24-48 hours? It gets brown. What's happening is the sugars in that banana are reacting with proteins, causing cross-linking and the brown color (browning reaction). The exact same reaction is happening in our bodies. We’re browning from the inside out.
Table sugar is made of a glucose and fructose molecule, and it's the fructose in sugar that accelerates the "browning" reaction by seven times. Skin is composed of collagen and elastin, which make our skin supple and soft.
Sugar causes cross-linking of collagen, resulting in stiffening and loss of elasticity of our skin. The more sugar we have, the more our skin starts to suffer.
The following are the ways sugar takes its toll on the skin: Increased acne, appearance of wrinkles, sagging in neck and chin, development of dark spots, slower healing of cuts, scraps, etc.
Aging is part of growing older, but it's accelerated by sugar. Without getting too technical, at the end of each strand of our DNA is a little cap, called a telomere, which protects our DNA from damage.
Every time our DNA is read and duplicated, those telomeres shorten. While our bodies normally replace those telomeres, sugar quickens that shortening, and thereby, advances the aging process.