Loading Up On Sugar and Skimping on (Healthy) Fat Will Age You
One of the trickiest things about entering your 30s is adjusting your diet to meet the needs of a changing body. Certain foods can be particularly detrimental to your health as you age. Despite their reputations, neither sugar nor fat is “bad” food. But it’s important to consume them in moderation and healthier forms. Reducing added sugar is a small diet change that has a big impact. Too much sugar can cause inflammation, leading to an increased risk of chronic illnesses.
Excess sugar is also associated with heart disease and certain cancers. Perhaps counterintuitively, some doctors recommend incorporating healthy fats into your diet. That includes unsaturated fats, like those found in avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil, and polyunsaturated fats, like omega-3 fatty acids found in fish fatty fish and plant oils. These healthy fats are linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia.