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Sugars and Your Skin

You already know that more Americans are getting obese or have diabetes. This is probably caused by the 150 pounds of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup consumed per person per year Now be warned that sugars combine with the proteins in your body’s cells, including skin cells. The process is called glycation; The result is AGE (Advanced Glycation Effects). This acronym is valid because the stiff AGEs make you look older as they form wrinkles in your skin as well as causing other problems like stiff blood vessels.
The other day, a friend asked why I didn’t have the wrinkles of many women my age. Her question amazed me. I felt that after years of hiking and other sports in the sun without using sunscreen, I didn’t have the smooth white skin of a southern belle always shaded by a parasol. My skin is tan and was on the way to looking like leather when I started using the products that contained para-amino-benzoic acid (PABA). Now to get a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or above, I use sunscreens containing zinc oxide along with other protective chemicals. One member of my tennis club said she never used anything since she would rather have tan wrinkles than white wrinkles. However, general health can affect your skin from beneath its surface.
First of all I never smoked; One doctor said he could tell without asking a woman patient over 50 if she smoked. He saw many fine wrinkles on the skin of smokers.
Another factor is that I eat few desserts and avoid sweet liquids. Sugars give you empty calories. Our ancestors ate sweet foods on special occasions and 120 years ago most Americans used less than 20 pounds of sugar per person per year.
Skin specialist Adrienne Denese M.D. tells her patients to avoid sweets to prevent the glycation of collagen and other skin proteins. She says she has pre-diabetic tendencies so she avoids all carbohydrates. She takes good quality vitamins and a variety of supplements. Her patients use six different types of rare or expensive products externally on their skin. These would not give them the desired smooth glowing skin if they consumed too much sugar.
Sugar, like smoking or heavy drinking can affect your skin and make you look older.

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Are Soybeans Still a Healthy Choice ?

Soybeans have proteins with all essential amino acids so have been considered superior to other beans. Most beans must be combined with specific grains to make a complete protein. However, factory farms have been sowing Round-up Ready genetically modified soybeans over huge acreages. Round-up is a potent herbicide that kills weeds but not these special soybean plants. Can we be sure there are no Round-up chemicals in the harvested beans?
I have already warned against using soybean oil because like most salad oils it contains too much of the omega-6 fatty acids. This contributes to the imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 in the typical American diet. As I explain in my book, excess omega-6 can affect your immune system, contributing to allergies and possible recurrence of some cancers.
I had been eating tofu, the major protein product from soybeans, two or three times a week in stir-fries. However, alternative doctors say that the only soy products to use are those that are fermented, such as miso or tempeh. These are hard to find and to use. It seems that tofu can react with estrogen receptors in the body. This might not be good for some people.
The fact that genetically modified soybean plants aren’t killed by the Round-up used to control weeds is suspect. Anything sprayed on a crop is likely taken up by the soybean plants and like many insecticides it can appear in the oils contained in the beans. It might be in the proteins too. Unless the soybeans are from a true organic farm, I would avoid the tofu made from them. Until long range studies show no insecticides or Round-up chemicals jn soy milk, I hope that what is used in baby formula is always from natural soybeans grown on organic farms.

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