Here’s a scary pre-Halloween truth bomb: glycation is a fact of life. It’s happening right now, to everyone, everywhere.
And it’s not solely caused by refined sugar. The sugar found in seemingly harmless foods such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables eventually turns into glucose. This glucose is fuel and an essential element of our diet and survival. However, as we inevitably age, these glycation-damaged cells are known to accumulate more and more, generally surfacing by the time we hit our 30s.
Although it’s impossible to avoid glucose altogether, there is always room for improvement. Natural sugars cause nowhere near the damage of processed foods, so don’t be afraid of that fruit bowl. Cut back your consumption of foods containing high-fructose corn syrup, white sugar, simple carbohydrates, and processed sugar and instead, focus on building in foods that help skin glow.