Watching your diet is a great way to maintain a healthy weight. But did you know that what you eat also has a big impact on how fast you age?
And if you’re eating the wrong foods, you could unknowingly be speeding up the hands of time?
With this in mind, let’s examine four foods to banish from your menu immediately if you want to preserve your youth as much as possible.
This is the most important elimination you can make as far as aging is concerned. You want to stay away from any sort of refined sugar or carbohydrate. Here’s why…
Foods rich in refined sugars such as baked goods, candy, white bread, etc. will cause blood sugar spikes followed by a strong dose of insulin flooding your system.
The end result?
You will be putting your body under more stress than it needs to be, leading to increased aging.
Eat natural sugars only (i.e. fresh fruit) and even those should be kept to moderate amounts.
Now, if you’re on a good weight loss plan, you’re already doing this to some degree. And if you’re not, taking this critical step will not only keep you younger, but help shed those extra pounds as well.
Soda (even Diet)
Next on the list of foods to steer clear of is soda. You see, not only does soda contain tons of sugar (which you just found out needs to go) it also contains a number of other unnatural ingredients.
Case in point, just pick up a bottle or can next time you’re in the grocery store and see how many of them you can pronounce. I’m willing to bet there are more than a handful you’ll struggle with. That’s never a good sign!
On the other hand, don’t make the mistake of thinking that diet soda is a better alternative. While it may not have sugar, it still has artificial sweeteners, which can be just as bad (or worse).
Deep Fried Foods
Deep fried foods are next up on the hit list. These are loaded with molecules known as AGEs (i.e. advanced glycation end products).
AGEs are found in meat and dairy cooked at high temperatures. Researchers who study these molecules have found that they cause inflammation, and in general, speed up the aging of. People who eat diets high in AGEs are more likely to develop memory and cognitive problems.
Stick to cooking methods that involve water. Steaming, stewing, poaching, or braising are all acceptable and produce fewer AGE’s.
Most processed foods sold in stores contain trans fats. These promote inflammation which in turn speeds up aging and is also bad news for the collagen in your skin.
It is important to note that when reading labels, you must look at the ingredients list. Don’t be fooled by a label that lists zero grams of trans fats. Here’s why…
The FDA allows food manufacturers to write zero on the label as long as the amount is less than 0.5 per serving. So, all these sneaky companies have to do is decrease the serving size, and presto, a trans fat-free food is born.
Again, the best way to make sure that what you’re eating is devoid of these unnatural and harmful substances is to look at the ingredients list. If you see references to partially hydrogenated oils, you’ve spotted an aging disaster so steer clear!
In closing, limiting the four foods listed above will go a long way in keeping you young and your skin healthy. Not only that, but you’ll also benefit from reduced inflammation, weight loss, better sleep, and just about any other aspect of well-being.