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High consumption of added sugar causes you to age prematurely. Added sugar can not only affect your skin, but also increase your risk of chronic disease.

Sugar can age you as it “reacts with protein, creating advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These substances cause the skin to wrinkle and cellular structures to harden.”, explains Dr. Marilyn Glenville in a BBC Good Food article.

“If you think about the way arteries harden to cause coronary disease, a similar process occurs in skin cells,” Glenville says.

Cosmetic dermatologist, Neha Dubey, also explained to Zee News the aging-accelerating effects of sugar. Dubey points out that sugars like glucose and fructose “bind the amino acids present in collagen and elastin, thereby covalently cross-linking two collagen fibers rendering them incapable of repair.”

This will result in weak, brittle tissues and wrinkles, sagging skin and inflammation of the body will occur, said the dermis specialist.

The damage caused by sugar to the body becomes important given the functions that collagen develops in “bones, joints, muscles and heart” in addition to the strengthening, structure, elasticity and hydration that it provides to the skin.

Refined sugars can be a problem for those who want to prevent premature agingwhich is why Glenville suggests eating natural fruits with their fiber, which “slows down the digestion of sugar and has less of an impact on blood sugar.”

High sugar intake and increased risk of disease

Eating excessive amounts of sugar could lead to diseases such as obesity, diabetes, inflammation of the body, cardiovascular disease or cancer.

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A low sugar diet

Carrots that provide beta-carotene or tomatoes that provide lycopene are part of an endless number of antioxidants that fruits and vegetables contain and that protect our body from the oxidation that the body undergoes every day as time goes by, considers Dr. Glenville.

The direction of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends consumption below 10% of free sugars and reducing to at least 5% for greater health benefits.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limit added sugar intake to no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar (25 grams) per day for most women and children older than 2 years; and 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day for most men.

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