Its hard to open up a health or beauty magazine without an article that links diet and beautiful skin. While its certainly a no-brainer that what we eat affects how we look I want substantive claims that directly link good nutrition to smooth younger looking skin.
Some of the best evidence comes from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, aka the NHANES study. This long ( ten year), large (17K men and women) study compared daily food intake with a wide range of health issues including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But what makes this a must keep study for me is the relationship they studied between diet and wrinkles. To bottom line it, the NHANES found that people on diets high in protein, fiber, vitamin C, linoleic acid and … Continue Reading… →
The NHANES diet study/health study is the gift that keeps on giving. This large, long term study found that, in addition to the link between aging skin and vitamin C and linoleic acid, women with low protein intake had an increase in aging and wrinkled skin.
The RDA for protein for adults is about 50grams a day– an amount easily met with a large broiled chicken breast. Inadequate protein levels are pretty rare in the US and Europe and at first it was hard to see how this low protein issues applied to me ( Given that I practically live on broiled chicken breasts). But then I spent the weekend with a vegan friend and by Sunday night I realized that these types of restrictive diets can be very low in protein. Here’s what Trudy ate:
Breakfast: Cream of wheat cereal, 1 glass orange juice