In order to maintain healthy skin it is important for you to practice good
eating habits, eat foods that are good for your skin such as fruits and
vegetables, avoid oily foods such as french fries, hamburger, hotdogs, and fast
foods. If you must have a hamburger or french fries do not cook them in oil, try
steaming them or baking them in the toaster oven. Avoid refined sugar because
sugar is the number one cause of troubled skin, try your best to avoid eating
chocolates, drinking sodas or alcoholic beverages.
Although your body does need a bit of fat, you should avoid eating too much red
meat, instead you might want to substitute red meat with say chicken or fish
which will give you the required protein that your body needs. Milk is one of
the products you must definitely avoid especially if you suffer from acne.
Another kind of food to avoid is processed foods as these contain chemicals that
can be harmful to the body, and also the skin. Margarine, shortening or other
hydrogenated vegetable oils, and commercial dairy products and meats containing
hormones should also be avoided.
Protein is essential to good health, but foods that contain high levels of
saturated fat and omega-6 fatty acids can do more harm than good. You should
avoid foods such as ground beef, sausages, bacon, and ham, as these foods are
high in fat to protein ratio, and are not the types of protein you should eat.
Also because these foods are cooked at high temperatures they can cause harmful
byproducts for you skin. Saturated fats which are known to be harmful to the
cardiovascular system, can increase wrinkles and accelerate skin aging, the
trans-fatty acids have been proven to have very harmful effects to the skins
health and appearance.
Some foods that contain carbohydrates such as pasta, or baked beans have been
known to cause conditions which can initiate inflammatory and damaging effects
on the skin. Most legumes have beneficial effects on the skin, but canned baked
beans which are prepared in brown sugar or molasses, can have a negative effect
on glucose levels. When these baked beans are cooked at high temperatures for
long periods, it cause break down in their cell wall, causing them to release
normal sugars which are easier to digest and cause the blood glucose levels to
rise. Less refined foods such as whole grains are digested slower and, as such,
are slowly absorbed into the blood steam, resulting in lower blood sugar levels
and less insulin discharge, which results in lower glycemic load.