10 Common Foods and Drinks That Make You Look Much Older Than You Really Are

By The Captain October 5, 2020

10 Common Foods and Drinks That Make You Look Much Older Than You Really Are 1

White wine

Drinking an occasional glass of (red) wine has been shown to have positive effects on life expectancy. However, too much alcohol, no matter its color, can affect you in more ways than one. For starters, it can increase the risk of developing skin cancer by preventing the absorption of important nutrients such as vitamin A. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption can affect your liver, which in turn can cause a skin condition called spider telangiectasia, characterized by small, dilated blood vessels on the skin.

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Apart from affecting your skin, a study published in the journal Nutrition Research revealed that white wine can cause more calcium loss and tooth erosion compared to its red counterpart, giving your teeth a yellower appearance. If you want to prevent your skin and teeth from degrading, limit your alcohol servings to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men, in line with the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Soup

Americans sure love their soup. So much, that 4.3 percent of their salt intake comes from this type of food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It might not seem like that big of a deal, American consumes around 3,400 mg sodium per day although the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than 2,300 mg daily.

Excessive sodium intake can increase water retention, which subsequently causes swelling and puffiness in the face and body. Given that the under-eye skin is very thin and delicate, the eyes are usually the first ones where fine lines and sagging occur. To prevent under-eye bags, swelling and wrinkles, consume foods rich in potassium like these 7 Foods That Pack Way More Potassium Than a Banana.

 

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