Want to live longer, look better, and feel full of energy? Look no further than how you eat and live. Some lifestyle choices lengthen lifespan; others shorten it dramatically. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Too much sugar and refined carbs make blood sugar levels skyrocket. The issue is quantity: Does eating over 600 calories worth of added sugar (the U.S. daily average) sound like a lot? It should. Researchers contend at these high levels, sugar, like alcohol, damages the liver and creates negative changes to metabolism and blood pressure. It’s not a little bit of sugar here and there that’s a problem, but a sweet tooth on steroids that can slowly kill.
The Longevity Fix: Tap fresh fruit to satisfy a sweet tooth. Reserve cakes, pies, and cookies for the occasional splurge.