The #1 WORST Food that CAUSES Faster Aging (beware!)

A variety of foods made from wheat.

A variety of foods made from wheat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A hesitant inclusion in the health category of this blog. Initial information seems genuine enough, I suppose the whole post is genuine, however it is the precursor to the marketing of their book. So, I have no reason to promote something I have not used/done myself.

However, there is some interesting information/claims in the basics from the first page.

by Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist
& Catherine Ebeling – RN, BSN

foods that age you fasterDue to biochemical reactions in your body that occur with every type of food you eat on a daily basis, some foods age you FASTER than your real age, while other foods help to FIGHT aging.

Eat the wrong foods regularly, and you can look and feel 10 or more years OLDER than your real age (not fun!) … but eat the right foods, and over time, you can start to look 5-10 years YOUNGER than your real age.

Three of the processes that go on inside your body that have a MAJOR impact on your rate of aging are called “glycation”, “inflammation”, and “oxidation”.  When we talk about aging, we’re not just talking about wrinkles on your skin or how thick your hair is… we’re also talking about factors that you can’t see, such as how well your organs function, and whether your joints are degrading.

Yes, I’m sure you’ll agree this is much more important than just how you look superficially (although we’ll show you how to improve BOTH!)

With the title of this article, you might have guessed that obvious answers like sugar or trans fat would be what we talk about in this article.  Yes, those are bad, but I want to discuss another food that ages your body faster than normal… and it’s one that you might not expect!

So let’s dig right in and I’ll show you how your rate of aging can be directly related to the foods you might eat every day, and how to protect yourself…

The #1 WORST food that ages you faster:

Wheat based foods (yes, even “whole wheat”)

Before I tell you why wheat can actually speed up the aging process in your body, let’s clarify some simple biochemistry in your body…

This deals with “glycation” in your body, and substances called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).  These nasty little compounds called AGEs speed up the aging process in your body including damage over time to your organs, your joints, and of course, wrinkled skin.

So with that said, what is one of the biggest factors that increase production of AGEs inside your body?  This may surprise you, but high blood sugar levels over time dramatically increase age-accelerating AGEs in your body.  This is why type 2 diabetics many times appear that they have not aged well and look older than their real age.  But this age-increasing effect is not just limited to diabetics.

So, let’s get back to how “whole wheat” relates to this…

Here is a little-known fact that’s often covered up by the massive marketing campaigns by giant food companies that want you to believe that “whole wheat” is healthy for you… but the fact is that wheat contains a very unusual type of carbohydrate (not found in other foods) called Amylopectin-A, which has been found in some tests to spike your blood sugar higher than even pure table sugar.

In fact, amylopectin-A (from wheat) raises your blood sugar more than almost any other carbohydrate source on earth based on blood sugar response testing.

This means that wheat-based foods such as breads, bagels, cereals, muffins, and other baked goods often cause much higher blood sugar levels than most other carbohydrate sources.  As you know now, the higher your average blood sugar levels are over time, the more AGEs are formed inside your body, which makes you age FASTER.

You’ve probably heard about the potential health-damaging effects of gluten (also found in wheat) in the news recently, but this blood sugar aspect we just covered is not talked about that often, and is yet another reason to reduce or eliminate wheat-based foods in your diet.  Your body will thank you by aging slower and looking YOUNGER!  And losing bodyfat is typically a fun side effect of eliminating or reducing wheat in your diet!

Another problem with wheat-based foods and aging…

As it turns out, baked wheat products contain carcinogenic chemicals called acrylamides that form in the browned portion of breads, cereals, muffins, etc.  These carcinogenic acrylamides have been linked in studies to possible increased risk of cancer and accelerated aging.  Note that acrylamides are also found in high levels in other browned carbohydrate sources such as french fries or any other browned starchy foods.

Don’t worry though… There’s a trick that you can use to protect yourself from these carcinogenic acrylamides, and it has to do with eating the RIGHT foods that COUNTERACT damage from these nasty chemicals.  I’ll show you how to find the EXACT foods that protect your body on the next page!

Other foods to watch out for that can increase aging in your body include corn-based foods that also disrupt blood sugar highly (corn cereals, corn chips, corn syrup), soybean oil and other “vegetable” oils that contain excessively refined and processed fats that cause inflammation in your body, and also excess sugars from candies, cakes, and sweetened drinks.

The article is linked here.

About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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12 Responses to The #1 WORST Food that CAUSES Faster Aging (beware!)

  1. Went gluten free nearly 7 years ago and have not looked back. There are so many factors to the modern growing, processing and preparing of grains that can damage the human body. Avoid them like the plague.

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  3. catehonan says:

    Reblogged this on Inspire Vitality and commented:
    Interesting Article on Aging

  4. hirundine608 says:

    Sorry, do not agree. I have eaten wheat all of my life and have type 2 diabetes. Yet people are surprised to know I’m in my mid-sixties. Gluten is prevalent in many grains, including oats. What people may find is, commercial bread products are made using the “chorleywood” process. Anyone interested? Look it up.

    I have made my own bread since 1970’s using whole grain and unbleached organic flours. Yes, wheat is now different to the types grown yesterday. However, I use flour modestly and make my own bread. I do not use commercially made breakfast cereals. Using a variety of organic grains, mainly oats, with seeds and nuts in my own version of muesli. The only processed foods I use are a few condiments, like mustard and ketchup. If I cannot make it? I do not eat it.

    My brother-in-law is celiac. Diagnosed in 1980’s. So, I’m well aware of the problems for some with gluten. Many people mis-diagnose themselves. It is the large amounts of yeast, processed salt and sugar. That cause bloat, among other things, especially in women.

    It is the consumption of dead animals, that cause many aging problems. The lactic acids, low proteins with growth hormones contained within, the charred flesh of warm-blooded mammals. I’ve yet to see a list with them touted, as beneficial to humans?

    The increase in diabetes could be caused by many things within the environment. It is an aging disease, I accept that. Yet if you live long enough? Everyone becomes diabetic. The pancreas is a sensitive organ, as also the liver. Who can say what causes it to become lazy? Maybe it was the L.S.D. in sixties? Beer, wine or tobacco? None of which, I use anymore. I count myself as lucky, being diabetic. For it could easily have been some other debilitating disease? Being diabetic is a breeze compared to nervous dysfunctions, crippled in a wheelchair, or cancers. A whole host of ailments that beset humanity. Nope, I’ll take diabetes as my cross to bear and exercise regularly without animal based saturated fats in the diet. Nobody lives forever!

    I have a full head of hair, minimal body fat and few wrinkles.

    So, for those who prefer, sure, avoid wheat. It is in a host of other products like glues, etc. But do not claim it is a bad thing, for most people. For I know it to be otherwise.

    • Thanks Jamie, for your comments.

      The article suggests that “wheat contains a very unusual type of carbohydrate (not found in other foods) called Amylopectin-A, which has been found in some tests to spike your blood sugar higher than even pure table sugar.” and that “but high blood sugar levels over time dramatically increase age-accelerating AGEs in your body. This is why type 2 diabetics many times appear that they have not aged well and look older than their real age.

      A couple of points:
      1. You have high blood sugar response which may be partly because of wheat in your diet.
      2. Yet you do not have significant “aging” as mentioned. Although they claimed that all breads have the potential to hasten aging, your home made bread may well be much healthier in this particular aspect as well.
      3. Your aging “rate”, as you say, would also be better because of your avoidance of other foods that can be contributors.
      4. Each individual has a unique biological make-up, we all are different, have different responses to the same foods etc. It might be in your genes, as I believe they are in mine, to not age as fast as many. (I am 73 and look and feel 10 years younger, only trouble is artery congestion which I believe I am dealing with).
      5. So I think, on the whole, that to be wary of the possible negative responses to bread products is still worthwhile.

      Many thanks for your interest and responses to my posts.
      Regards, Ken.

  5. Ah… I am a second hand vegitarian…… cows eat grass and I eat cows (joke). Allow me to disagree with you on that matter. I am OMNIVORE and consume veg and meat, but cannot tolerate since birth lectins, gluten or milk proteins…… guess I am a strange beast, but do what I can to maintain my health/ for what it is, without the addition of grains other than occasional rice and quinola. I also believe that fats such as butter, coconut oil, lard etc are good for the human body.

    • Fair comment Clare. As I said to Jamie, we are all different and that includes our body’s response to various food products.
      I enjoy meats but don’t over-indulge, and am currently aging “slowly”.
      Our total diet is probably more important than particular foods, except where allergies crop up.
      Regards, Ken.

    • hirundine608 says:

      If a person is an omnivore? They may as well eat babies, too? The fact that the human body can tolerate the flesh of a warm-blooded mammal, is not necessarily the rationale to eat it? Any more than tolerance to gluten? An intolerance by some to gluten, like my bother-in-law and his children. I do not notice an aging faster by my sister, who can consume it. They both look good and may be due to more exercise than our parents?

      The tolerance to eating flesh of warm-blooded mammals, may well have something to do with homo sapiens mating with neanderthals? Which also gave humans a better resistance to disease. Neanderthals were cannibals, which is one reason they became extinct. Instead of trading, when food sources became scarce. They ate their own. Many early Europeans also ate human flesh. As most other peoples around the world. So, why the taboo? If you eat cows, sheep or pigs? Then why not dogs, horses, or any other warm-blooded mammal that suckle’s it’s young? Have I eaten meat? Sure! But when one looks closely at why people eat the stuff, it does not really stand up to close scrutiny.

      Looking at land use. The amount of grasslands required for raising a cow are far larger than that required for a whole host of vegetables. Protein? Ah yes, protein. Most animal flesh is a low-quality protein source and better proteins can be found in plants. As also the other vitamins and minerals required for our life. Most people who say they need meat in their diet have never even tried being vegetarian. You notice I make a distinction between vegetarian and vegan?

      As animals are slaughtered {most of those animals are as pointed out by JustMEinT Musings, are vegetarian] Try feeding them animal protein and you get mad cow disease, or similar! As animals are slaughtered, they become fearful. Fear, produces adrenaline. Adrenaline in the flesh becomes lactic acid in the diet. Too much lactic acid? Well, not a good thing. Deer hunters may benefit from a lack of that? As too the anti-biotics and drugs for fattening the ones at the feed-lots.

      I could go on, obviously. Then I become boring. If I haven’t already? All I would say. As I would to a smoker. Is try it? There’s little to lose. Most people who are against vegetarianism, have never actually been one. After a month or so, a visit to the butcher or meat counter at the supermarket. Will produce a stench, in your nostrils. Of putridness. Like when a non-smoker enters a room, where nicotine is consumed by burning. Those poor animals shipped to market, left sometimes for days without water, broken legs and frightened. Do little for my peace of mind.

      BTW. I use coconut and always have. Since before it became stylish. One of the few saturated fats, in the vegetable kingdom. People have been shipwrecked on small islands where the only food source was coconut and survived quite nicely. Even if the diet was extremely bland.

      Anyway, back to the main point which here. Which was wheat and glutens. Yes, Ken I agree with your point of a total diet being the biggest factor in health and life’s longevity. Those who cannot tolerate certain grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and other food sources. They are to be pitied. For being so unfortunately blessed. Since the planet does produce a veritable wealth, of good foods. The people who are the most long-lived? Live at high altitude in Northern Pakistan. Called the Hunza.

      • Some good points Jamie, but also some extremism.
        Eating meat being paralleled to cannibalism ?
        Empathy and compassion with animals we choose to eat is valid, but if we breed certain animals purely for food they would not otherwise exist.
        Cruelty and lack of decent handling and living conditions can not be condoned.

        For me it is a matter of selfishness to enjoy meat from helpless animals, an indulgence that compensates to some extent for the negative aspects of my life.
        However, I do draw a line in the case of veal, after seeing a baby calf being prepared for sale to the industry. Perhaps if I witnessed all the behind the scenes processes, I might be a less enthusiastic meat eater.

        Thanks for your contribution.

  6. hirundine608 says:

    It was intended to be extreme, since people who consume the flesh of warm-blooded mammals. Seem to be squeamish around some mammals, over others. My point was more about why? Why is it okay to eat some mammals and not others?

    The Celts for example, were both headhunters and cannibals. They were a frightening bunch of roaming nomads. The Romans of 2 thousand years ago deliberately targeted them. As they were perceived, as evil; by them. Similarly the Basques, practised human sacrifice as late as the 18th century. I would not be surprised to find out that these things are still being done in some satanic way? All over this globe.

    It is my belief that our fellow species. Are much more sentient, than given credit for. The aspect of trees, I’ve already engaged with you.

    I do not regard myself as an activist or have an axe to grind. Except when given the opportunity of a forum. I will engage with it. Hopefully to shed some better light on the aspect of human living almost taken for granted. I really do not care if people wish to eat meat? It is their bodies. Yet really for thinking of ourselves as civilized and enlightened. We pass by, sometimes the most obvious of behaviours. Especially when dietary preferences around health, are discussed. That consuming other mammals as foods, constantly turn up reasons for not doing so. From the way animals are treated, right down to health scares; around the bacteria from them. Nobody seems to really care for other species becoming extinct? Few anyway. Why will I cry if Black Angus or others variations become less common? It becomes bordering on bizarre to discuss avoiding wheat, for life’s longevity. If that was really true, except for those who are allergic. You would have seen more evidence from the past?

    In many ways, I have a greater empathy for hunters. Who go out and kill their own, dress it and store it. Having said that, don’t go into the woods of B.C. during hunting season. Without precaution of brightly coloured clothing, at the very least. Out of politeness, I have at times tried deer meat, elk, moose and bear. None of which made me feel good, more like chewing my own cheek.

    Choosing vegetarian living, provides a whole cornucopia, of selection of entrees. Wholesome and filling, with few dangers of food poisoning. It keeps a healthy gut and regular bowel movement. If I cannot make it? I do not eat it. Over-processed foods are likely the biggest problems? I stopped in sixties. Like veal and foie gras I was horrified, too. My heroes, might be people like Bertrand Russell, Gandhi, Einstein, G. B. Shaw, da Vinci, Goodall and yes, Mr. McCartney. Although I do not care for his music much.

    Okay, until the next time. I’ll climb down off of my soapbox and say ….. Cheers Jamie!

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