Fruit is considered by many people to be one of the healthiest types of food out there. Even Benjamin Franklin chimed in on its benefits: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
“Fruit” can be defined in several ways. Some define “fruit” as the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant that are edible in the raw state, such as apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, lemons, and strawberries. On the other hand, the botanical sense of “fruit” includes many edible structures that are not fleshy or commonly called “fruits”, such as pea pods, corn kernels, avocados, or tomatoes. Yet others define “fruit” by an edible species naturally producing the sugar fructose.
The Dangers of Fructose for Your Skin
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Because it is sweeter than other forms of sugar, fructose has been found to damage collagen by causing glycation at higher rates than other forms of sugar (Journal of Diabetes Research, 2004). As fructose molecules circulate throughout your bloodstream, they are rapidly broken down into sugars that structural proteins within the skin and other organs.
These structures in turn form oxidative products called advanced glycation end products (or AGEs), that damage both collagen and elastin, contributing to sagging and wrinkles. AGEs also deactivate natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving the skin more susceptible to sun damage.
Glycation is associated with nearly every sign of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin, and skin roughness (Journal of Clinical Investigation, 1993).
Even worse, over time, glycation rates in your skin accelerate; you’re not just dreaming that you’re aging faster as you get older, it’s true (British Journal of Dermatology, 1997)!
How to Prevent Fruit-Induced Glycation in Your Skin
1.) Consume primarily low-sugar fruits.
Low-sugar fruits include the following:
- Green apples
2.) Always leave the skin on the fruit.
The skin of the fruit contains dietary fiber, which is digested slowly throughout the digestive system. The decreased rate of absorption means that the fructose in fruit is also absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly. Glycation occurs at its highest rates when the system is overloaded with sugar, so increased fiber intake with fruit may decrease glycation rates by providing less “flooding” of the bloodstream with sugars.
3.) Use products with Albizia julibrissin.
If you wish that there was simply a skin care product you could apply to negate the glycating effects of fructose, you are in luck! When it comes to anti-glycation skin care, Albizia Julibrissin has demonstrated promise in studies in two different ways:
- First, Albizia julibrissin prevents against glycation;
- Second, Albizia julibrissin “deglycates” proteins in the midst of glycation. This means that Albizia julibrissin may pry sugar molecules off of proteins before they can be deformed (US Patent).
You can find Albizia Julibrissin in AminoGenesis products like AminoGenesis AGE Control Anti-Glycation Serum for AM/PM use.
The bad news is, fruit is one of the worst sources of glycation-causing molecules with fructose, a very sweet sugar. Glycation, in turn, results in fine lines and wrinkles, skin sagging, age spots, and rough skin. Even worse, glycation rates accelerate as you age.
If you still want to get the health benefits of fruit without damaging your skin, try eating low-sugar fruit, consuming fruit with digestion-slowing fiber, and try skin care products like AminoGenesis AGE Control Anti-Glycation Serum with the anti-glycation molecule Albizia julibrissin.