Are you aging right before your very own eyes? If so, the foods you are eating are part of the problem and aging you from the inside out. That is why I say eat these foods at your own risk.
Bottom line is there are foods that accelerate the aging process and make us look and feel old before our time. Because of that, we are going to focus on the Top 10 Foods That Age You.
OHH, say it ain't so!!
Yup, it is so.
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The good news is by eliminating from your diet the Top 10 Foods That Age You, you can actually turn back the clock on both how you look and how you feel!
In the article below I address the main culprits that make you look older. I also provide solutions and easy substitutions to help make the transition effortlessly.
So, before you go to the kitchen and grab your favorite low-fat turkey breast and low carb bagel sandwich, take a few moments and read the list of categories and favorite foods within each category below. It might change your mind on what snack you go for.
Lets get to it!
And, yes, be aware of the Top 10 Foods That Age You: Eat These Foods at Your Own Risk as these nutritional bad boys accelerate your aging process and make both you and me look old before our time.
Even though that chocolate and peanut butter chip peanut butter chocolate brownie looks and tastes delicious, that tasty little morsel is not your friend. Why you ask? The obvious. SUGAR.
Sugar is NOT your friend.
And yet, sugar is everywhere: Frozen yoghurt, Croutons, Tonic water, Chewing gum, Spaghetti sauce, Wine, your favorite frothy barista concoctions and some of your low fat foods you think are so good for you.
There are many reasons why sugar is number 1 on the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You.
First of all, the thing about sugar is that if not used immediately in the body for energy, it breaks down and is stored as fat.
Now, let’s talk about the science of sugar and why consuming sugar makes you look older.
Excess sugar in the body attaches itself to collagen causing wrinkles and making your skin look inflexible and in some cases brittle. Once this cross-linking process has occurred, the new sugar proteins are called Advanced Glycation End Products, aka AGEs.
Hmmmm, AGE, how appropriate…I wonder if that is where the term AGING comes from…
The body does not recognize AGEs as normal, and will produce antibodies that cause inflammation in the skin. Once formed, AGEs tend to gravitate toward Dermal Collagen and Elastin which ultimately creates the wrinkles.
So, the next time you reach for that Jujube, Bowl of ice cream, or Ketchup for your French fries, think about it.
They all contain sugar. And sugar is number one on the Top 10 Foods That Age You.
In lieu of sugar, try dentist recommended Xylitol.
It looks and tastes like real sugar and is good for you. You can put it in coffee, cook with and bake with it.
And the good news is Xylitol is not on the list of foods that age you.
Check out the listings for Xylitol on Amazon here. I have tried just about every brand listed. You can't go wrong with any of them.
If you are looking for some of your all time favorites such as catchup, jellies and jams, BBQ sauce and even maple syrup made with Xylitol, check out Nature's Hollow here.
Nature's Hollow is a family owned business located in the beautiful Herber Valley of Utah. They pride themselves in creating both full sugar and sugar free condiments using Xylitol in recipes passed down from generation to generation.
The products are also made fresh batch and packaged weekly to ensure your satisfaction.
I am a huge fan and have tried just about every one of their products. My favorite? Peach and Mountain Berry Jam! NOM NOM! And the salsa is out of this world.
Check out Natures Hollow here on Amazon. You can also find Natures Hollow at whole food type markets and grocery stores.
Now, lets head off to number 2 on the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You.
2. Trans-Fat Foods
* Prior to writing this revision, the FDA has since banned all trans-fats and has given manufacturers 3 years to comply. Check out the article here -- FDA Bans Trans-Fats
While gourmet potato chips, fried chicken and slice and bake cinnamon buns may satisfy your taste buds, they cause inflammation which is bad for every part of your body, including your collagen, making your skin look old and wrinkled. No wonder trans-fat foods are on the list of the Top 10 Foods That Age You.
OH, and did I mention weight gain?
Trans-fats make you heavier than other foods you are eating even though you are eating the same amount of calories.
So, if you are wondering why you can't lose weight, it could be your body is polluted with a build-up of these nasty chemicals.
More importantly, trans-fats are considered the worst types of fat and a double whammy by doctors because it raises your bad cholesterol and lowers your good cholesterol. Easy to now understand why trans-fat foods are considered foods that age you and a heart attack waiting to happen.
So what is a trans-fat anyway?
Trans-Fats are considered a manufactured fat, where hydrogen is added to vegetable oil which causes the oil to become solid at room temperature. Think stick margarine or canned cooking oil.
What are examples of trans-fat foods?
Well, to start off, the cheese puffs the smiling gal is eating in the picture above.
Baked goods such as cookies and crackers. Plus ready-made frosting that goes on tops of cakes; snacks such as potato chips and microwave popcorn; refrigerator dough including slice and bake cookies, biscuits, cinnamon buns and frozen pizzas.
Plus fried foods including French fries, stir fried Chinese food, donuts and fried chicken; non-dairy creamer and stick margarine.
Hummmph. Top 10 foods that age you? Eat these foods at your own risk? To many people, the above mentioned foods are the bane of their existence!
It is time to extricate yourself and your loved ones from trans-fat foods!
Read labels, monitor the quantities you eat or avoid trans-fats completely.
I suggest avoiding all packaged foods and eat fresh food only.
However if convenience is one of your biggest reasons for buying and eating packaged foods, help has arrived.
All of us from kellieolver.com attended Natural Product Expo West 2015 in Anaheim and discovered great strides being made to fill this gap with a strong push towards healthy packaged fresh and frozen foods.
Check out the video here for reviews on several of the products.
3. Heated Oil
All-time favorite foods such as fried eggs, French fries, deep fried chicken wings, stir fry beef and broccoli, scrambled eggs and even French toast fried in oils at high temperatures are on the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You. Eat these foods at your own risk.
Heated oils and the foods prepared in them can wreak havoc in your body and make you look older.
Using high temperatures while cooking with oil cause oxidation in the oil making the oil unstable if not toxic causing inflammation within the body.
Use coconut or grape seed oil to fry your foods at high temperatures.
I use organic, virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe's.
Use Olive oil to sauté foods at low to medium heat.
Use your Almond oil and Omega 3 rich Olive oil to enhance the flavor or your fresh, steamed or lightly grilled vegetables.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is also a perfect alternative to butter for your sprouted grain bread and for dipping tasty snacks.
4. Dairy Products
It is unfortunate that dairy is considered in the Top 10 Foods That Age You. Ice Cream and yoghurt are two of my favorites.
Did you know that 60% of "grown-ups" can't digest or break down milk? This leads to several health conditions many of which may trigger an inflammatory response. Which leads to aging.
Studies of aging skin have shown an association between milk and milk products with acne, which may lead to scarring and age spots.
Dairy products contain a certain type of protein that causes irritation around the joints contributes to inflammation —which by the by, may be the trigger for the acne — and arthritis.
I know it is tough to give up your fruit flavored yoghurts, ice cream sundaes, cream for coffee and all the wonderful brie’s, cheddars and ooie gooie burratas, even though you know they are on the Top 10 Foods That Age You.
Remember, moderation is always best.
If you are looking for an alternative to ice cream I have found what I think to be the closest thing to heaven.
Luna and Larry's Organic Coconut Bliss dairy free, soy free, gluten free, cream free ice cream ROCKS! Or shall I say COCO-NUT-ROCKS!!
Available in bars as well as tubs of pure decadence, Larry and Luna's Coconut Bliss will satisfy ALL your cravings. I LOVE COCONUT BLISS!!! Every product and every flavor is a favorite of mine.
If you have chosen dairy as your protein selection, and you are looking for an alternative, try plant/seed based proteins such as Pea, Chick peas, Hemp or Chia to supplement your diet.
5. Salt and Preservatives
Right off the bat I want you to know I LOVE SALT. Especially on tomatoes. And it is with great sadness I have to report that salt IS indeed on the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You. Take it with an open mind and remember I always say moderation is the key.
So now, lets talk about salt.
The term worth its weight in salt had tremendous meaning in ancient times as salt was used as currency for trade and almost as valuable as gold.
Salt was and is necessary for basic survival, keeping food fresher longer as well as keeping the body hydrated. Without salt, people would die.
And of course, like today, salt was used to enhance flavor.
Unlike yesteryear, our lives are quite different than before. For one thing we have science guiding us. And science has told us that too much salt is not good for us. That is why salt is on the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You.
Today's society live in air conditioned homes, drive cars to and fro and for many of us, our physical activity can be measured by the click of the mouse and the taking of pictures to post on Instagram.
We still need salt for survival, however not in the amounts that are abound in almost all the packaged or canned foods we eat.
The average person requires 3/4 of a teaspoon or 2300 mg of salt per day. (Note: Some conditions do apply and every human body’s needs are different. Check with your doctor.)
The average consumption is 3500mg per day, mostly coming from processed foods. Canned soup being high on the list. Running neck and neck are processed sandwich meat and pizza.
Today salt is used in everything from bread, peanut butter and even your favorite sweetened chocolate syrup that you squeeze atop your salt laden store bought ice cream.
And once you open the can of salt laced tuna or jar of antipasto, you generally shake a little more salt on top of the salt.
Just like me. Been there, done that and got the T-shirt.
Did you know salt can cause inflammation of the joints as well as dehydrate the body?
When the body is dehydrated, you end up feeling fatigued, tired and worn out. Excessive salt can also lead to kidney disease, high blood pressure and may interfere with bone metabolism.
My first suggestion is to avoid every food listed on the Top 10 Foods That Age You, including salt. But you know my motto, moderation is key to success.
My second suggestion is to read the labels on all packaged, canned and frozen food to see how much salt you are actually getting.
Pay attention to microwavable foods as well because they often contain high amounts of sodium. For example, check out the veggie whole wheat lasagne nutrition label. Look at the sodium count. SHOCKING!
Cut back on the fast food.
You might even want to consider giving your arm a rest by putting the salt shaker down and abstaining from salt for a while.
And lastly, consider “caning” the canned, packaged and frozen foods and go “FRESH” for a while. Fresh food is full of flavor, taste and nutrients.
Too much of anything is not such a good thing.
And that goes for coffee as well which is really too bad as coffee is a wonderful antioxidant that has several health benefits in small amounts.
Research also shows a possible link between coffee/caffeine and a reduced risk of skin cancer.
With all these amazing health benefits, you might wonder WHY coffee is on the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You. And I am with you because I really like coffee.
But I must profess that coffee and caffeinated products have age accelerating elements that lead to dehydration of your body making your skin prone to dryness.
When your body is not well hydrated, the wrinkles can become more visible: face, eyes, cheeks and lips.
The acid in the coffee also causes microscopic teeny weenie scarring or pitting on your enamel, making your teeth prone to staining, which, makes you look older.
Try whole grain coffee/caffeine substitutes such as Teeccino (high in anti-oxidants) or Pero to get your coffee fix.
You might want to try green tea as it has great anti-aging benefits, filled with anti oxidants and can be less dehydrating.
And to counter the staining on your teeth, rinse your mouth out immediately after your cup of java with a drink of fresh water.
The ph of the water neutralizes the acid and staining effects of the caffeine.
Ahhh, alcohol. Let’s just start off with INFLAMATION. INFLAMATION. INFLAMATION.
Want to erase a few years from your face? Give up alcohol completely.
Everything on my list of Top 10 Foods That Age You are so very important to know and understand. Alcohol in abundance is right there at the top.
Like I have said, balance and moderation are a few of the keys in life, so a glass of red wine, a celebratory glass of champagne or an occasional beer can be good for the soul. I personally know this first hand! I suspect many of you also know this.
And now evidence supports moderate alcohol consumption may in fact increase longevity.
Unfortunately too much alcohol is linked to accelerated aging and the loss of collagen because let us not forget, alcohol breaks down into sugar and sugar causes us to AGE very quickly.
Here’s the scoop.
Common knowledge. Alcohol directly influences the liver—think cirrhosis—and the liver is all about detoxifying the body and purifying the blood, not to mention making bile and storing glycogen. And if your liver is sluggish, it will not expel the toxins from your body properly and you may find your poor, achy, tired liver expressing its displeasure with you directly on your face in the form of breakouts, rosacea, puffy and with continued use, wrinkled skin.
Plus all of your organs work and interact with each other to carry out biological functions necessary for life. Which means if you liver is sluggish, your whole body is out of whack.
Alcohol also interrupts your sleep cycle.
Ever wondered why you wake up at 2AM after one too many glasses of wine the night before? It’s a sugar rush.
The body breaks down alcohol by turning it into sugar and when you least expect it, your liver is trying to get rid of it. And the price you pay is a 2am wake up call, trying desperately to get back to sleep.
Not enough sleep and or interrupted sleep also leaves you feeling and looking years older than you really are.
Cosmetic company Estee Lauder partnered up with a university to really determine if not getting enough sleep is directly linked to the accumulation of more wrinkles. You can read all about it here.
Alcohol also leaves your body and skin looking dry and tired.
Well, there are many.
First of all, you don't have to give up alcohol completely unless you want to. Remember a glass of red wine has many anti-aging benefits. There are several health benefits to moderate drinking as well.
Sipping slowly is one way to cut back on alcohol consumption. The theory is your drink lasts longer so you drink less.
If you would like to cut back, give yourself a few days each week, such as Friday evening to Saturday evening, to enjoy your favorite glass of wine or that extra dry Martini-shaken, not stirred.
Another option is to choose beverages with lower amounts of alcohol.
Check out this article on how to find the best low alcohol wines.
Last but not least--abstinence. Erasing alcohol from the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You is your last and final option.
This fizzy drink is not kind on your skin or teeth and has no redeeming qualities.
Let me explain. Soda contains high amounts of sugar which we know causes inflammation and AGE’s. Meaning with long term use, can cause wrinkles!
Ok, if a wrinkle is not a motivator to ease up or stop drinking altogether think of additional health issues like hypertension and bone loss.
Plus, if left on the teeth, can cause tooth discoloration and decay.
Imagine flashing your not so pearly whites at your next conference or on that first date. My, what an impression you will make my pretty! NOTTTTT.
Many sodas contain artificial sweeteners. Studies suggest that that drinking diet soda can lead to weight gain and stroke risk.
Check out Dr. Mercola's article about artificial sweeteners here.
Also if you are sensitive to artificial sweeteners— artifical sweeteners can cause the body to go into inflammation, which we know causes accelerated aging.
Most sodas also have caffeine in the formulation which causes dehydration.
And, I will say it again, dehydration makes you look older, fatigued and tired.
It is easy to see why soda pop or FIZZY DRINKS are on the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You.
Instead of reaching for that soda, grab some fresh fruit slices and throw it in a glass of water. If you are looking for a sparkle, try seltzer water (as it is lower in sodium) instead of tap or bottled flat water with your fresh fruit slices.
If you are in the need for the FIZ— check out Amazon's listing of sugar free natural soda's here.
9. Refined Carbs
First of all, what are examples of refined carbohydrates?
To give you a simple analogy, think of anything that comes out of a box, plus more.
White sugar, waffles and pancakes—frozen or mix, breakfasts cereals, white and brown breads, store bought cookies, rolls and crackers; dry pasta, white rice, white potatoes, instant potatoes and French fries; slice and bake cookies and biscuits, potato chips, many cereals, brown sugar, maple syrup and soda pop are all considered refined carbohydrates.
I'll bet many you have some of your all time favorite foods on the above list. All of which are part of the Top 10 Foods That Age You. Eat these foods at your own risk is a phrase I would encourage you to take heed to.
What ARE refined carbohydrates?
Refined carbohydrates are plant-based foods that have the whole grain extracted during processing.
The process of refining a food not only removes the fiber, but it also removes much of the food's nutritional value, including B-complex vitamins, healthy oils and fat-soluble vitamins
Doesn’t sound very good does it? All the nutrients taken out.
Although refined carbs might taste good, your skin doesn’t react well to high levels of insulin which is what is produced after eating a meal or snack full of refined carbs.
Refined Carbohydrates have a high glycemic index which promotes a spike in insulin which promotes skin inflammation that sends you off and running down the accelerated aging path— making you look older.
Because refined carbs break down into sugar which leads to breaking down collagen making your skin less vibrant and youthful.
If you crave carbs, try organic sprouted grain bread such as Manna (which has the density of heavy cake) or Trader Joe's Sprouted 7 Grain Bread (which has the consistency of bread) and Slater on some organic almond butter.
Low glycemic treats such as these have no severe insulin spikes keeping you even keel and looking and feeling as fresh as ever.
The good news is as you say good bye to refined carbs, your cravings for them also diminish. Watch them pack their bags and say adios as well!
Eliminating refined carbohydrates from your diet is one of the easiest ways to move you forward into your anti-aging lifestyle.
Soon your Top 10 Foods That Age You will be no more!
And speaking of which, NUMBER 10.
10. Processed Meats
Number 10 on the list of Top 10 Foods That Age You is processed meats. I have saved one of the best for last.
Ok. Let’s get down to the heart of the matter. Your heart.
Processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs and sliced or shredded deli meats contain nitrates, sulfites and other preservatives plus high amounts of saturated fats which can trigger inflammation that leads to accelerated aging.
We have covered quite a bit about saturated fats and inflammation in this article Top 10 Foods That Age You-Eat these foods at your own risk.
However, if accelerated aging doesn't doesn’t make your heart skip a beat, the saturated fats in the processed meats surely will.
In fact, saturated fats can eventually make your heart stop beating. Forever.
And let’s not forget about the abundance of salt in processed meats used to preserve the product and give added flavor. If you skipped over the section on salt, you might want to scroll back in the article and review.
A brief refresher... too much salt triggers inflammation and high blood pressure. Making you look and feel older.
Don’t fret, there is good news!!!!!!!!
Remember life is about living. You don't have to be in de-Nile (and I am not talking about the river in Egypt) for your cravings about the food you love. Remember this is about solutions!
So, instead of traditional deli meats or hot dogs, there are yummy, tasty substitutes you can choose to satisfy your Fred Flintstone cravings.
Look for hot dogs, bacon and other deli type meats without nitrates and sulfites. If you must eat your tried and true animal friends, er, favorite, football game favorites, eat occasionally rather than daily.
Choose a better, healthier type and cut of meat such as chicken. Grab an organic chicken, roast it and slice off the beautiful, juicy chicken breast for your foot long submarine sandwich layered with tomato, arugula, roasted red peppers and avocado! YUM!
Or, look for free range organic grass fed beef.
Organic free range grass fed beef is leaner and healthier for you.
Check out the brief statistical overview below:
Leaner—about 1/3 the fat
Higher in conjugated Linoleic acid
(Check out this article by Dr. Mercola on conjugated Linoleic acid from grass fed beef--it will turn you into a grass fed beef fan if you are not already. Read here.)
Higher in omega 3-fatty acids
Higher in vitamin E
Higher in beta-carotene
The only difficulty will be deciding between the organic breast super sub or the thick and juicy grass fed beef burger. The good news is you can have either and know you are supporting an anti-aging lifestyle helping you to look and feel 10 years younger.
So there you have it. My top list of Top 10 Foods That Age You. Eat these foods at your own risk will soon be a thing of the past as you embark on your anti-aging lifestyle which includes an anti-aging diet.
Cutting back or eliminating all together food items such as sugar, salt, alcohol, processed meats, trans-fats, dairy, packaged foods, refined carbs and heated oils is a start to a more youthful you.
Your cravings for Soda Pop will soon be a thing of the past. And coffee, well, remember, a little bit of coffee is good for you, but like all good things, too much of a good thing is still too much.
I am no Hippocrates, I am, however one of his students and messengers: "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."
Eat foods that make your body thrive and make you feel alive.
As I say, MODERATION in everything. A little of this, a little of that until you find out what works for you.
Your mission, and I know you have decided to accept it, is to grow younger every day. Eliminating or cutting down on the Top 10 Foods That Age You is a huge kick start to looking and feeling younger.
Please stay tuned for more amazing skin anti-aging miracles to eat, drink and bathe with in my future articles.
I would love to know your thoughts on what I have written. The good, the bad and the ugly. If you think this article would help someone, or at least entertain them, please pass it on to them as well....
Till next time
* Disclaimer: I have given you a ton of “FOOD FOR THOUGHT” in this article. I am not a doctor nor is my intention meant to cure, treat or diagnose.
My comments are based on my personal first-hand experience and years of research.
Use your intelligence and intuition to investigate for yourself and always do what is in your best interest: mind, body and spirit. And always check with your doctor and do what is best for you.
Through exercise, proper nutrition, rest and a healthy mindset, may we all start feeling 10 pounds younger and looking 10 years lighter.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.