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FEED YOUR FACE: Is Sugar Toxic?

By Dr Jessica Wu

Those of you who are familiar with my book Feed Your Face know that I’ve warned about the dangers of eating sugar when it comes to fighting acne, wrinkles, rashes, and other skin conditions. Now, some public health experts believe that not only are we eating too much sugar, but that it’s actually toxic. In a commentary in a recent issue of the scientific journal Nature, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) propose regulating sugar like other addictive substances such as alcohol and tobacco. They’ve even called for the government to tax foods and drinks containing added sugar, ban sales of these foods in or near schools, and place age limits on purchasing them. While these suggestions may seem extreme, studies do show that 75% of health care dollars are spent on diseases linked to diet.

The problem isn’t naturally-occurring sugar found in fruit, or complex carbohydrates like whole grains. Rather, the problem is table sugar and added sugars found in processed foods, including high fructose corn syrup. These types of sugars are primarily broken down in the liver; which can eventually wear out the liver, leading to insulin-resistance, diabetes, and obesity. The researchers point out that the average American consumes 600 calories a day from added sugars, equal to 40 teaspoons of sugar. Much of this is hidden in processed foods, even salty or savory foods, such as chips, crackers, soups, salad dressings, dips, lunch meats, and protein bars and drinks. How to lower your intake? Learn to read labels, avoid processed foods, and choose foods in their natural form as much as possible, and try to steer clear of sugary foods, drinks, and snacks, or those containing high fructose corn sytrup.

For more on sugar and your skin, check out Feed Your Face. (LINK TO BUY THE BOOK ON AMAZON).

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