20 Foods

There are a number of factors that play a huge role in the way we age: genetics, smoking, sun rays, the environment and even food. While we can take certain precautions like avoiding bad habits, exercising and wearing sunscreen, there are also other measures we should take, and that includes keeping an eye on our diets, because who wants to wake up and realize they’ve aged overnight? Yikes!

Top nutritionists revealed to Eat This, Not That the foods that speed up the aging process and cause wrinkles, dull skin, and aches and pains. Prepare yourself, as you might find your favorites on the list below.

20. Margarine

Margarine

We’ve all heard to avoid butter and use margarine, then we were told to avoid this butter substitute! What’s the best move? “Not all fats are created equal, and margarine, more often than not, seems to give [other] fats a bad rep,” said Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, MD, known as Dr. Taz, a weight loss expert and author. “The culprit in margarine is trans fat, which destroys hydration. The less your skin is hydrated, the faster the wrinkles appear.”

19. Microwave Dinners

Microwave Dinners

It’s no crime to eat microwave dinners. We’ve all done it and will probably resort to it at some point in our lives due to busy schedules. But it’s wise to do so sparingly, as microwave dinners can also cause you to age. “Frozen meals are notoriously high in sodium. Sodium contributes to water retention and an overall ‘puffy’, aged appearance,” said Kayleen St. John, RD at Natural Gourmet Institute.


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