Added sugars dehydrate the skin and break down collagen causing early wrinkles and dark eye rings. Unlike naturally occurring fructose in fruits and vegetables, which are perfectly packaged with micronutrients and fibre allowing it to be slowly absorbed by the body (the way nature intended) processed sugar wreaks havoc in your body. Studies show that added sugars are responsible for the rise in diseases such as:

  • Obesity (especially in children)
  • Heart disease
  • Fatty liver (normally associated with excess alcohol consumption)
  • Sugar belly (fat build-up on the internal organs)
  • Inflammation
  • Osteoporosis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s

Read labels and learn to detect hidden sugars that go by names like:

  • Corn/rice syrup
  • Fructose, sucrose, maltose, dextrose
  • Raw sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, confectionary sugar
  • Natural flavours

Challenge yourself in 2020 to cut back or eliminate processed sugars from your diet completely—it will add many healthy years to your life!