Is That Candy Giving You Wrinkles?

If you ate a cookie after lunch today, you probably worried that it would go right to your hips. But a new book says you should focus your worry a little bit higher up—like on your face.

Brooke Alpert, co-author of The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger, explained one of the lesser-known consequences of eating too much sugar: wrinkles and sagging.

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Brooke co-wrote the book with a dermatologist Patricia Farris, and explained what happens when there is too much sugar in your bloodstream.

“It starts attacking your skin,” she said. “All that sugar attaches to those protein molecules, collagen and elastin. And it turns those beautiful, supple skin cells into these firm, rigid things causing sagging, wrinkling, everything we don’t want on our face.”

Her book is all about busting the cravings we have for sugar by starting with a 3-day detox, and admits that’s not easy for people. “Studies have shown that the withdrawal from sugar are equal to that of cocaine or other hardcore drugs,” she said, adding that people get, “depressed, the shakes, cranky, they’re not fun to be around.”

For those who aren’t ready to go cold turkey, she recommends replacing a sweet snack with a fruit plus a piece of protein, which keeps you from getting a sugar reaction from the fruit. While that’s not as exciting, it keeps blood sugar levels more stead. “The more steady you stay, the easier reaching for those healthy options will be”

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