Do you have age spots? Those large freckles or brown spots on the back of your hands or other areas of the skin are the result of free radical damage to skin cells, particularly collagen and underlying connective tissue.
The good news is that a high intake of olive oil, legumes, fish, vegetables, and dried fruits appears to be protective against sun damage. Foods associated with the least amount of photo-aging are apples, asparagus, celery, cherries, eggplant, eggs, fish, garlic, grapes, melon, lima beans, legumes, olives onions, pears, prunes, and spinach.
In contrast, a high intake of meat, sugar, and dairy products appears to be most detrimental to the skin. These are the same foods that starve your heart of key nutrients and put it at risk. The worst nutritional offenders in terms of premature aging are cakes and pastries, cordials, full fat milk, potatoes, red meat and soft drinks—which are all good foods to avoid.
Now it’s your turn: Which of these foods do you eat, or avoid?
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