Find out which foods can hold you back from looking and feeling your best.
While staying on top of your skincare regimen is always a good idea, if you want to look and feel your best, it has to start from within. By drinking plenty of water, eating lots of fresh produce, getting enough sleep, and exercising on a regular basis, you can stay healthy and gain a glowing complexion at the same time. Wondering which foods are worth avoiding on your quest to younger-looking skin? We spoke to Rachel Swanson, MS, RD, LDN, who uncovered seven major offenders.
Soups, Sauces, and Salad Dressings
These hidden sources of sugar are about to get the spotlight because it’s time to unveil the not-so-sweet details. Just because a product doesn't taste sweet, doesn't mean the nutrition label shouldn't be examined before buying. Even those whole-food based condiments can be packing more sugar than a handful of chocolate. Unfortunately, cutting out the usual sugary suspects in the pantry like cereal or granola is really only half the problem. Experiment by tallying up the amount of sugar in each bottle, can, or container for an entire day — the results will shock you. With higher sugar levels being associated with higher perceived age, you should start checking those nutrition fact panels ASAP. Chronic elevation of blood sugar means collagen and elastin will suffer, a side effect that's not so sweet for the skin.
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