We’ve all been warned at some point in our lives – usually our teenage years – that eating too much chocolate and other sugary snacks will lead to unsightly pimples and blemishes. But is it really true?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes.
Ingesting sugar sets in motion a variety of chain reactions within your body, one of which is called glycation. Across the board, the effects of glycation are anything but pleasant.
Sugar breaks down collagen, the protein that gives your skin that shiny, youthful look we so desperately cling to as we grow older. It does so by triggering insulin production, which in turn results in protein-utilization malfunctions. Sugars bind to amino acid chains, making it more difficult for your body to produce and distribute the aforementioned collagen.
Sugar also increases testosterone while simultaneously weakening the immune system, both of which result in an increase in zits. Because your weakened immune system can’t properly fight off disease and bacteria, oils build up within your pores – resulting in an increase of pus-filled blemishes on your skin.
So we know to stay away from candy if we want to avoid sugar, right? However, we should also be careful of the natural food we eat, as well. Many fruits and vegetables – such as beets, carrots, mangoes and melons – are incredibly high in sugar content. Regardless of whether it’s natural or artificial, the effect sugar has on the body is the same.
Ironically, more than one or two apples a day may actually get you running to the skin doctor. At least the rest of your body will be in good condition, right?