Just How Much Sugar is OK?
On Halloween, the top sugar consumption day of the year, we thought we’d share some facts on sugar and how it will affect your body and skin.
We’re not saying you can’t enjoy a piece or two of your favorite Halloween treats, but it’s important to remember sugar’s impact on your health.
Sugar and Your Body
First, remember to eat some food high in protein and fiber too. You are busy, decorating the house, getting the kids in their costumes, dressing up yourself or heading out to that party – remembering to eat a combination of protein and fiber is not only good for you, but it can help process that sugary candy. Refined sugar breaks down very quickly in the body causing your insulin and blood sugar levels to soar. Protein and fiber help you feel full (so you eat less candy) and helps slow how quickly sugar is absorbed, lessening that “sugar crash.”
Just how much sugar is OK to consume in one day? According to the American Heart Association (AHA), an adult woman could have 100 calories or 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. There are many sources of sugar and many impacts on the body. Visit the AHA’s Sugar 101 for a quick review.
Sugar and Your Skin
Sugar doesn’t just impact your body, it will also affect your skin. That spiked insulin level creates inflammation in the body and a process called glycation; in which sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins, forming harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products. This process leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles. It can also make conditions like acne worse.
The bottom line? Understand the sources of sugar in your diet, and its impact on your body and skin. Some sugar is OK, but too much isn’t your long-term friend.