Sugar. How sweet it is—and how deadly! Sugar has become a widespread addiction. On average, Americans consume 150 pounds of sugar each year. The average adult shovels down 22 teaspoons of sugar each day, and the average child consumes 32 teaspoons daily.1 Call it sugar, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, sorbitol or a variety of other names … it doesn’t matter—you wind up with lots of calories and zero nutritional value.
You also wind up with much more. Most people are aware that behind the sweet temptress sugar lies diabetes, obesity, cavities, hypertension, elevated levels of uric acid, food for cancer cells and a legion of other health woes. In fact, Joseph Mercola, MD, a leading health advocate, logs 76 health risks associated with sugar.
The sugar-skin aging connection
Less well-known are the effects of sugar on skin aging. To be direct: Sugar kills skin. It can turn an ivory-smooth complexion into a lunar surface of wrinkled, crépey, irritated skin. And this can happen quickly.