Beauty Secrets / Sugar=Aging !?

January 22, 2015

 

Many people make new year resolution for the coming year.

 

My focus and research was on anti-aging and anti-inflammation; this month I researched 

 

common foods which causes inflammation

 

The results are: 

 

1. Tran fat/hydrogenated oil

 

2. Sugar!!!

 

3. White bread

 

4. Cheese Burger 

 

and list goes on.

 

For me the tough one to cut down is sugar, since I LOVE sugar. 

 

I did some research on "Sugar and Health" and saw on You Tube that sugar is toxic - 60 

 

minutes (I strongly recommend watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n29ZIJ-jQA); I also read 

 

medical studies and realized sugar is a serious one to cut down.

 

I have a very high LDL cholesterol in spite of eating pretty healthy. I am also thin, so 

 

weight is not a concern of mine; for me it's the opposite - - I look for way to gain weight. 

 

My downfall is I can eat a pound of See's candy (did I say eating pretty healthy?!) and 

 

not feeling guilty. But after I watched a video it occurred to me that maybe my high LDL 

 

cholesterol is directly related to my high consumption of sugar. Study shows sugar is the 

 

cause of LDL and even feeding CANCER CELLS! Sugar is highly addictive (tell me about 

 

it!).

 

According to 60 minutes TV show:

 

A study by neuro-scientist Eric Styce, he used MRI scans to evaluate what happens in the 

 

brain when people eat sugar, sugar causes stimulation of the reward centers in the brain 

 

similarly to how cocaine or other drugs work. This principle only applies to added sugars, 

 

NOT moderate consumption of fruits (which are real foods with fiber, water and a low 

 

energy density). It's almost impossible to overeat when it comes to fruits, except perhaps 

 

for those who are diabetic or very carbo sensitive. Fruit juice is an exception and should be 

 

avoided, it contains just as much sugar as a sugar-sweetened beverage. Also be aware 

 

that “healthier” sugars like agave and organic cane sugar are just as bad as regular sugar. 

 

In his opinion, the single most important change anyone can make to their diet is to cut 

 

back on added sugars.

 

Another study by Kimber Stanhope also on 60 minutes, informs us that most carbohydrate 

 

foods like bread, rice and potatoes contain starches, which are polymers of the 

 

monosaccharide glucose. In other words, too much bread, rice or potatoes has the same 

 

effect as sugar. Glucose is part of the metabolism of every cell on the planet. Without it, life 

 

would not be possible. If humans don’t get any glucose from their diet, they produce it.

 

Keep in mind that sugar contains glucose and fructose, glucose is metabolized almost 

 

exclusively by the liver. When the liver is already full of glycogen and becomes overloaded 

 

with fructose, it turns a large part of it into fat. After a 10 weeks study, the fructose group 

 

had

 

• Increases in small, dense LDL, apoB and oxidized LDL, indicating an increase in 

 

the risk for cardiovascular disease.

 

• Increased insulin resistance, the hallmark of metabolic syndrome.

 

• Increased fat in the abdominal cavity, the visceral fat that is highly associated with 

 

metabolic disease.

 

• Increased blood sugar and insulin levels.

 

Of course, the fructose dose in this study was fairly large (25% of calories) but the effect it 

 

caused was very dramatic and quick.

 

It is quite likely that a lower intake of sugar, consumed over a longer time period (many 

 

years) could have the same harmful effects.

 

A cardiology Mehmet Oz, MD's book "You on a diet" book mentioned that the average 

 

person consumes 150 pounds of sugar per year - compared 7 1/2 pounds consumed on 

 

average in the year 1700.

 

After I spent some time researching for "Why sugar is harmful?" Without hesitation I threw 

 

away the remaining See's candies that I had received as a holiday gift. The video I watched 

 

shows the visible effects of sugar in our body and it really changed my attitude toward 

 

sweets.

 

I used to say Sugar is good for my soul but I was wrong. 

 

I remember in the Bible, Abraham's wife Sara was so beautiful at age 65 that an Egyptian 

 

official for King Pharaoh's saw her and noted she was a very beautiful; they praised her to 

 

Pharaoh. Of course 2,000 years ago they did not have the pollution problem, nor the ozone 

 

layers destroyed. Yet I thought to myself - - maybe Sara did not have sugar in her diet and 

 

that is her beauty secret?!

 

No sugar means less inflammation. Remember, Anti-aging is Anti-inflammation.

 

Health is the most beautiful thing!

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