Sugar is considered by some to be the enemy of collagen. And with good reason. Dr. Perricone explains that sugar has a toxic effect on the body, causing harmful glycation and cross linking of collagen fibers, which render them stiff and brittle, ultimately leading to the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
Following the anti inflammatory diet is a good way to make wise food choices. However, some health foods have incredibly high ratings on the Glycemic index. The Glycemic index provides information in the form of a score, about how foods affect blood sugar and insulin. The glycemic index of glucose is 100- all other foods are ranked in relation to this score, so the lower a food’s glycemic index, or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Even in the health food aisle, it’s easy to make missteps when watching carbohydrate and sugar count. Did you know that some of the highest ranking foods on the glycemic index are considered health foods? Take for example:
- Brown rice pasta 92/100
- Parsnips 97/100
- Dates 103/100
Especially surprising that these high-carb foods have even lower glycemic index scores:
- Doughnut 76/100
- Broiled potato 56/100
How do you track sugars or carbohydrates?