Body & Mind
Refined sugar tends to accelerate ageing
Nowadays, people are much conscious about their skin. But refined sugar, which we use vastly in our daily life, could damage the skin's smoothness before the age. Though ageing is an age and life-style depended natural process for hormonal imbalance. Recent study has confirmed that refined sugar accelerates the ageing process by adding inches to our waistlines and wrinkles to our face.
Natural sugars are found in fruit as fructose and in dairy products, such as milk and cheese, as lactose and refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are processed to extract the sugar generally.
While sugar in its natural form can be rich in vitamins and minerals but refined sugar contains zero nutrients. In sugar digestion process Cr (chromium) is an important trace element which we get naturally from various food as a tiny amount which helps in blood sugar regulation. But by getting so much refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates body faces chromium deficiency and refined sugar easily enters the bloodstream rapidly, causing and contributing to a host of health problems.
We know that collagen (referred to as 'fountain of youth') and elastin are two vital proteins of the skins structure. When refined or artificial sugar enters our bloodstream, it attaches to proteins and forms harmful new molecules through a process called glycation. This glycation process damages the vital skinproteins. When these two proteins are damaged the result is that signs of aging, including lines of and wrinkles, begin to show.
Young body contains plenty of collagen so skin retains moisture and maintains elasticity but as we become older, our bodies produce less collagen and the same time if we consume high sugar it will robs the remaining collagen of its ability to maintain a smooth skin texture.
According to researchers, all the fancy wrinkle creams and potion in the world cannot protect us from the damage that sugar causes to our skin. So, it's urgently needed to avoid refined sugar laden food. Though it's too hard for us to avoid sugar totally but we can minimize the use of refined sugar by substituting natural sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, date sugar, coconut sugar, blackstrap- molasses etc., (these sugar also considered as added sugar).
Researchers also suggested to take six teaspoons (or about 25 grams) per day for women, and nine teaspoons (or about 37.5 grams) for men, in general condition body can metabolize these amount.
The writer is studying B. Pharm at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU)