Oh, Sugar

Ah, the shortbread, gingerbread, chocolate balls, the mincemeat – all the sweet delights of this season. Sure, we know too much isn’t good for our waistlines but, heck, that’s what New Years resolutions are for, right?

One thing we don’t talk about as much is the havoc too much sugar wreaks on skin and we’re not talking about the occasional pimple, either.  The sugars found in some of our favourite treats such as cupcakes and sweet glazes is considered to be something called glycated. This means the sugar is stuck to the protein during the heating process. This leads to bad sugar that goes to town on your skin with its inflammation, oxidative stress, and glycation powers.  

To explain glycation a little futher: your body takes carbohydrates and breaks them down into sugars such as glucose and fructose. When we consume to many high-glycemic foods, these sugars react with the proteins such as collagen and fats in our body in an abnormal way which produces molecules called advanced glycation endproducts. In short they’re called AGEs. Lovely, eh?

It doesn’t mean that you have to cut out everything fun – it just means the old common sense rule of everything in moderation applies here. Your skin will thank you.