What’s the excuse that goes through your head when you oh so very much want that sugary sweet? Typically, it’s something along the lines of “It’s only ___ calories” “I’ll just do another __ minutes of cardio”. Let me tell you something- sweets aren’t just about the calories. I’m sure most of you can’t say that when you’re reaching for that cookie, you’re thinking “this could make my skin look worse over the next few days”. Or “this cookie is actually going to deplete my body of some of the nutrients I gave it earlier today” or “if I make this a habit, this sugar is actually going to AGE me and give me premature wrinkles” or “my immunity is going to take a slight hit simply because of this here cookie!”. Nah, it’s all about the calories in this calorie focused world. According to WedMD, a highly credible source, “Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing [sugar].” AskDrSears.com states “An overdose of sugar. Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of two- and-a-half 12-ounce cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.” “If the concentration of glucose in the blood goes beyond a certain concentration, the white blood cell’s 50-times vitamin C concentration can start to drop because of the large amount of glucose it’s pulling in as a substitute for vitamin C.” Sugar attacks the collagen and elastin in your skin as well as the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. This, in turn, leads to premature wrinkles and sagging.
I’m not saying not to eat a cookie EVER, but maybe think twice before overindulging. Your waistline won’t be the only thing to benefit from it.