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What foods can cause wrinkles?

Updated on September 23, 2012

1) Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oil should be avoided as much as possible if you are looking to maintain a youthful appearance. They are highly processed and become rancid and form damaging free radicals when exposed to high heat. Damage from free radicals causes wrinkles! Many of these oils are genetically modified and can wreak havoc in the body. I once heard it said that a french fry is worse for you than a cigarette, and although that might be an exaggeration, vegetable oils are certainly much worse for you than most people realize. They attack cells, damage DNA, and can cause damage to tissue, blood vessels, and skin. They have also been shown to contribute to heart disease and cholesterol. Olive oil is often suggested as a healthier alternative.

2) Wheat

Many people may be surprised to learn that eating a lot of wheat can cause wrinkles since we often hear that we should eat more of it. However, the truth is that wheat products often cause your blood sugar to skyrocket. This in turn produces AGEs in your body, which stands for “Advanced Glycation End Products.” The more of these you have in your body the older you are likely to appear and feel.

3) Sugar

Sugar is bad for you for the same reason wheat is bad for you. It is also part of that process known as glycation and those evil AGEs start damaging your body’s proteins which include the protein fibers collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are two very important elements for maintaining young looking skin. Glycation transforms type III collagen into type I collagen which is less stable and causes the skin to look and feel less supple. Also, AGEs can stop your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, which help protect against sun damage, from functioning properly. So if you are concerned about wrinkles it is best to try limit your sugar consumption, especially high fructose corn syrup, which is believed to produce more AGEs than other types.


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      Ana Gajic 4 years ago from World of Words

      I knew I should steer clear from sugar:) Useful info:)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So true about these foods causing wrinkles, eating the correctly will keep one healthy and with a glowing skin too.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York


      I wasn't surprised with the sugar and vegetable oil but the wheat sure did surprise me.

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      Aman Thakur 5 years ago from India

      Informative hub!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I dont think that people are aware of the fact that some foods can gift you wrinkles also. Thanks for sharing the information with the community.

      Voting up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Interesting facts I did not know, thank you!