Fight aging by avoiding certain foods, alcohol

MECOSTA COUNTY — Is your diet aging you? An unhealthy diet can send the aging process into overdrive, leaving people looking years older than their real age. Too much sugar and processed carbohydrates in the diet can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and they can also damage the collagen and fibers of the skin.

Below are five examples of foods to limit to stay looking as young as possible, inside and out:

  • Potato chips and French fries. Anything deep fried in oil is typically laden in trans fats, which contribute to inflammation throughout the entire body.
  • Doughnuts and sugary pastries. Not only are these packed with sugar and high in trans fats, but they produce wrinkle-generating advanced glycation end products.
  • Hot dogs, bacon and pepperoni (any processed meats). These are high in saturated fats and contain nitrates, both of which contribute to inflammation.
  • Less-than-lean red meats. Eat lean meat to minimize saturated fats, which produces inflammation and clogged arteries.
  • Alcohol. When drinking, keep it to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. Any more than that, and individuals may be revving the aging process and increasing the risks for liver disease and certain cancers.

A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein is the best option for overall health. Eat a healthy variety of foods to ensure the body keeps looking its best.


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