Sugar May Be Linked to Wrinkles

A new study points to sugar as a possible cause of unhealthy skin.
3:00 | 01/21/14

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But first we have new research that points to sugar as a possible cause of wrinkles in unhealthy skin and at the same time there are some miracle foods that can fight all that damage. ABC's Abbie Boudreau checked them all out. ♪ Reporter: The search for flawless skin. Some women go to great lengths and often break the bank, but what if the secrets were simple. Some experts say cutting your sugar intake may help you prevent premature wrinkles in aging skin and now believe sugar may have some of the aging effects of other well-known causes of skin damage, like sun exposure and smoking. What is it that sugar can do? Make the collagen flimsy so the skin doesn't have quite the sturdiness to it. Reporter: Dr. Herold lancer says eating too much sugar can intensify an internal process called glycation. It's where sugar in the bloodstream goes and eats up the protein and eats up the fats that make up cells. Sugar is actually eating up the useful parts of cells and causing them not to function well. Reporter: ABC news reached out to the sugar association but have not yet received comment. Lancer says curbing your sweet tooth will have your skin looking more radiant in two weeks or less. You will see it has some of that radiance and bounce to it. Reporter: For those of us who love our sweets, Dr. Lancer says there are some treats that are better than others when it comes to preserving your skin. So you would say that dark chocolate is a good alternative to other sugars that are out there. It's a great alternative and for people who don't want to deprive themselves of a little bit of a good time that's where you go. I agree. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Abbie Boudreau, ABC news, Los Angeles.

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