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The Sugar Debate – exploring links between sugar, acne-prone and ageing-skin and diabetes

February 1, 2016 by Works with Water
The sugar debate

There’s been a great deal of media focus recently about the amount of sugar we consume. Most of us know that we need to be careful when it comes to how much sugar we put into our bodies. Until the recent media debate, ask most people and they’re likely to say that it’s chocolate, sweets and cakes that are the main sugar-rich culprits, when of course there’s a lot of “hidden” sugar in the processed foods, fizzy drinks, fruit juices and ready-made foods we reach for everyday.

It’s not really hidden as nutritional labelling in the UK requires all food manufacturers to list ingredients, it’s just often called a lot of different things, like agave nectar, dextrose, glucose and lactose to name just a few other descriptions for various types of sugar.

The problem with these ‘added-sugar’ foods isn’t just that they can damage our teeth, but too much sugar is linked to a plethora of health problems. The main being obesity, as whilst sugar can help give us energy, if it’s not used up it’s stored as fat. This is why sugar is often linked to diabetes as all of the stored-up sugar causes your pancreas to detect a sugar rush so it releases a hormone called insulin to deal with all of that excess sugar. When your body is always releasing insulin, it can cause problems that lead to Type 2 diabetes.

Too much sugar can also have a negative effect on your skin. It can reduce collagen levels, speed up the signs of ageing and stop our skin cells from fighting off acne-causing bacteria. Recent studies have gone even further and proven a link between Type 2 diabetes and acne. Your skin doesn’t stand much of a chance if you’re consuming lots of sugar – whether hidden or in plain view!

Many of the companies creating our processed food and drinks use sugar to make products taste sweeter and/or more appealing to our sugar-overloaded palates. So just cutting it out altogether may be better for our health, but the taste of your favourite product is likely to change. Many food manufacturers have started using sugar alternatives to ensure we still have taste enjoyment without all the associated calorie intake.

Here at Works With Water, when we first began developing our natural skincare supplements we obviously wanted them to taste pleasant or be ‘taste neutral’ whilst also being suitable for diabetics, coeliacs and anyone on a calorie controlled eating plan. So we opted to use sucralose in our ready-to-eat, anti-ageing jelly supplement help: beautify skin and oligofructose, a soluble fibre derived from the chicory root, in help: clear skin, our natural soluble supplement for acne-prone skin.  We’re currently working on a number of products for launch later in 2016 utilising natural sweetness enhancers that deliver great taste without the sugar and calorie burden.

Sugar by definition doesn’t have to be the enemy and we all want to enjoy the products we eat whilst still having affordability, convenience and good nutrition.  It’s a challenge to meet these 3 criteria, but it is possible!

One thought on “The Sugar Debate – exploring links between sugar, acne-prone and ageing-skin and diabetes”

  1. Chris P. says:

    Hi, nice post. Collagen is definitely one way sugar can have negative effects on skin, and it’s also because frequent insulin spikes (caused by sugar consumption) can lead to bad breakouts. Insulin stops skin cells from turning over and increases androgens like testosterone, all of which is bad news for acne-prone skin!

    Chris P.

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