Leading news source Time posts article about AGEs and aging skin

OlderWomanTouchingFaceBig names in the world of media continue to validate what we know about advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), with Time being the latest media outlet to throw its hat into the ring (read about some other major media sources covering AGEs here).

Time has the world’s largest circulation of any weekly news magazine, with a readership of approximately 25 million. Its website just posted an article by Kiera Aaron titled “6 Foods That Can Age Your Skin.” It is a condensed version of an article titled “14 Foods That Make You Look Older,” which originally appeared on Health.com.

Aaron wrote:

“There’s a reason why your skin feels a little off after a series of holiday parties, BBQs, or mojito-filled beach days: ‘What you eat affects your skin—for better or worse,’ says Ariel Ostad, MD, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. While a few indulgences won’t age you overnight, a continuously poor diet can accelerate the aging process of your skin (and teeth) over time.”

The first type of food that Aaron listed as something that ages skin was sweets:

“Sugar overload may kick-start a process called glycation. The theory: When you eat more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules combine with proteins, creating ‘advanced glycation end products’ (appropriately referred to as ‘AGES’), explains Dr. Ostad. Ultimately, AGES may damage your skin’s collagen (the protein that keeps skin firm and youthful).”

Aaron also warned against eating charred meat:

“That black char on your burger? It may contain pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons, which could present a problem since inflammation breaks down the collagen in your skin, explains Dr. Ostad. You don’t necessarily need to banish BBQ from your vocab, but at least make sure you scrape off the black stuff, and clean the grill afterward so you don’t contaminate your next meal.”

As we know, charring meat leads to the formation of AGEs in a process called the Maillard reaction. “The black stuff,” as Aaron put it, is especially chock-full of AGEs.

Another food that Aaron listed was processed meats, like deli meat, sausage, and bacon:

“‘Many of these meats have sulfites and other preservatives, which can trigger inflammation in the skin, and accelerate the appearance of aging,’” says Dr. Ostad. They also tend to be high in salt, which can make you look puffy. (Not to mention, processed red meats have been linked to heart disease.) Try swapping the deli meat on your sandwich for chicken or turkey. If you can’t say goodbye for good, use less meat, and load up on veggies.”

Aaron’s advice to switch out other meats for poultry, eat less meat altogether, and eat more vegetables falls in line with common rules for a low-AGE diet.

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