A High Sugar Diet can Increase the Effects of Aging

It is our goal at the Age Management Institute to aid you in whatever way possible in combating the aging process. We offer many options and consultations for clients, but we are also concerned about your daily life. It is in your day to day activities that you can take steps toward looking the way you feel.

A condition many people are unaware of is Glycation, which refers to when sugars mix with proteins and fats to form molecules that promote aging. These molecules are usually the result of ingesting or cooking with too much sugar.

Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) are the molecules that create free radicals and promote inflammation, resulting in accelerated aging.

You can avoid AGEs by turning down the heat when you cook. This will help keep the sugars, proteins, and fats from bonding to make AGEs. Limiting your intake of foods with high sugar content will also help prevent excess sugar from binding to proteins in your body to form AGEs.

We found this great list of foods that are surprisingly high in sugar on health.usnews.com.

Foods to avoid:

  • Fortune cookies. Just one fortune cookie packs about 3.6 grams of added sugar.
  • Flavored booze. Exercise good judgment when you drink: One ounce of crème de menthe has 14 grams of added sugar; 53-proof coffee-flavored liqueur has 16 grams of added sugar per ounce.
  • Baked beans. A one-cup serving of canned baked beans with no salt added will cost you nearly 15 grams of added sugar.
  • Dried, sweetened cranberries. Most fruit is sweet enough already. But, one serving of dried, sweetened cranberries will hit you with 25 grams of added sugar.
  • Ketchup. A favorite condiment, a single one-cup serving of ketchup racks up nearly 40 grams of added sugar.
  • Cream substitutes. A one-cup serving of a liquid “light” cream substitute packs 22 grams of added sugar, while a one-cup serving of a powdered “light” cream substitute adds a whopping 69 grams.
  • BBQ sauce. A one-cup serving of this summertime favorite adds 9 grams of added sugar onto those ribs and chicken.
  • “Reduced” salad dressings. A one-cup serving of reduced-calorie French dressing heaps 58 grams of added sugar, and a one-cup serving of reduced-fat coleslaw dressing hits a home run with 103 grams of added sugar.
  • Lemonade. A cup of lemonade powder has a massive 200 grams of added sugar. A single serving of the drink has almost 17 grams of added sugar.
  • Flavored popcorn. Think the added sweetener can’t be that bad here? Fat-free-syrup caramel popcorn has 18 grams of added sugar per ounce serving.
  • Granola bars. Often deemed a healthful snack, some are tricky—a 1-ounce serving of a granola bar with oats, fruit, and nuts has 11 grams of added sugar.



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