– Contributed by – Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Author of the best-sellers: The Truth About Six Pack Abs & The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging
Do you eat these foods that harm your blood sugar and age your joints and skin faster? Some are even deceptively marketed to you as “healthy” by giant food corporations.
Due to biochemical reactions in your body that occur with every type of food you eat on a daily basis, some foods age you faster than your real age, while other foods help to fight aging.
Three of the processes that go on inside your body that have a major impact on your rate of aging are called “glycation”, “inflammation” and “oxidation”.
When we talk about aging, we’re not just talking about wrinkles on your skin or how thick your hair is, we’re also talking about factors that you can’t see, such as how well your organs function, and whether your joints are degrading.
Yes, I’m sure you’ll agree this is much more important than just how you look superficially (although we’ll show you how to improve both below!)
With the title of this article, you might have guessed that obvious answers like sugar or trans fat would be what we talk about in this article. Yes, we already know that those are bad, but I want to discuss another food that ages your body faster than normal and it’s one that you might not expect!
So let’s dig right in and I’ll show you how your rate of aging can be directly related to the foods you might eat every day, and how to protect yourself…
The #1 WORST food that ages you faster:
Wheat based foods (yes, even “whole wheat”)
Before I tell you why wheat can actually speed up the aging process in your body, let’s clarify some simple biochemistry in your body.
This deals with “glycation” in your body, and substances called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These nasty little compounds called AGEs speed up the aging process in your body including damage over time to your organs, your joints, and of course, wrinkled skin.
So with that said, what is one of the biggest factors that increase production of AGEs inside your body? This may surprise you, but high blood sugar levels over time dramatically increase age-accelerating AGEs in your body.
This is why type 2 diabetics many times appear that they have not aged well and look older than their real age. But this age-increasing effect is not just limited to diabetics. So, let’s get back to how “whole wheat” relates to this…
Here is a little-known fact that’s often covered up by the massive marketing campaigns by giant food companies that want you to believe that “whole wheat” is healthy for you but the fact is that wheat contains a very unusual type of carbohydrate (not found in other foods) called Amylopectin-A, which has been found in some tests to spike your blood sugar higher than even pure table sugar.
In fact, amylopectin-A (from wheat) raises your blood sugar more than almost any other carbohydrate source on earth based on blood sugar response testing that’s been documented in studies.
This means that wheat-based foods such as breads, bagels, cereals, muffins, and other baked goods often cause much higher blood sugar levels than most other carbohydrate sources.
If you don’t believe me, here’s something you should know. I ran personal blood sugar tests on myself using a blood glucometer about 45 minutes after eating 2 slices of wheat bread vs eating a bowl of oatmeal, with equivalent grams of carbs.
The blood sugar test results:
2 slices of whole wheat toast:
45 minutes after consumption: Blood sugar spiked from 86 fasting level to 155.
1 Bowl of Oatmeal: (equivalent grams of carbs to 2 slices wheat toast)
45 minutes after consumption: Blood sugar raised from 86 fasting level to 112.
As you know now, the higher your average blood sugar levels are over time, the more AGEs are formed inside your body, which makes you age faster. Clearly, the whole wheat spiked blood sugar much higher than the oatmeal, and if you don’t know, 155 is a massive blood sugar reading that will certainly contribute to faster aging if you eat wheat frequently.
You’ve probably also heard about the potential health-damaging effects of gluten (another problematic compound found in wheat that can cause inflammation in your digestive system) in the news recently, but this blood sugar aspect we just covered is not talked about that often, and is yet another reason to reduce or eliminate wheat-based foods in your diet.
Your body will thank you by aging slower and looking younger!
Another problem with wheat-based foods and aging:
As it turns out, baked wheat products contain carcinogenic chemicals called acrylamides, that form in the browned portion of breads, cereals, muffins, etc. These carcinogenic acrylamides have been linked to possible increased risk of cancer and accelerated aging.
Note that acrylamides are also found in high levels in other browned carbohydrate sources such as french fries or any other browned starchy foods.
Don’t worry though, there’s a trick that you can use to protect yourself from these carcinogenic acrylamides, and it has to do with eating the right foods that counteract damage from these nasty chemicals. I’ll show you how to find the exact foods that protect your body!
Other foods to watch out for that can increase aging in your body include corn-based foods that also disrupt blood sugar highly (corn cereals, corn chips, corn syrup), soybean oil and other “vegetable” oils that contain excessively refined and processed fats that cause inflammation in your body, and also excess sugars from candies, cakes, and sweetened drinks.
But the good news is…