Sugar, oh honey, honey
You are my candy girl
And you got me wanting you

Ah, the homage we pay to that sweet temptress, sugar! We sing about it, we use it as a term of endearment, and we even have a sport’s event, the Sugar Bowl, to remind us of it. Yet sugar is a drug, with similar addictive properties as other drugs. According to the New York Times, two researchers at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine concluded that “Sugar is addictive. And we don’t mean addictive in that way that people talk about delicious food. We mean addictive, literally, in the same way as drugs.

Just say no to sugar and you may find yourself with withdrawal cravings similar to anyone trying to kick a serious drug habit. Yes, sugar, “you got me wanting you!” Most of us know that excessive sugar consumption can cause diabetes, heart disease, obesity, tooth decay, liver problems, and on and on. But do you know the effects of sugar on skin health and aging? It can turn a baby-smooth complexion into a sandpaper-rough, inflamed and wrinkled surface. Consider our favorite foods, such as cake, sausage and barbecued ribs. These are “glycated” foods, which are a byproduct of sugar becoming bound to protein in the cooking process. Glycated protein damages and ages skin by triggering the formation of toxic sugar that then leads to three key skin aging factors: inflammation, glycation and oxidative stress. That’s why toxic sugar kills skin.

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