Reading at a magazine while waiting at the doctor’s office I found an article that talked about chocolates and acne. The article explained how a group of teens were put to eat chocolate while another group ate a similar product that didn’t contain chocolate. The results: teens that ate chocolate group didn’t have any significant worsening of their acne condition.
I was actually 15 by the time I read that article, since then I have elaborated the idea, I have read other people’s opinion about it, and I have commented the results with my patients. However once in a while I have found people emphatically telling me that they would always get more pimples after eating chocolates or other high caloric food.
The truth is that in the past couple of years, there has been an increased interest on the effects of diet in acne. Results suggest that low glycemic index diets can actually decrease the size of the sebaceous glands. Regarding chocolate itself, investigators have communicated they may actually trigger the immune system to release mediators that may cause inflammation on the skin.
These findings are still accumulating but in the meantime it is good to get become familiarized with the high and low glycemic index food in order to choose the best type of food that help you get less lesions and actually have a healthier lifestyle.
According with the American Diabetes Association carbs with high glycemic index include sugar, white bread, white rice, corn flakes, bran flakes, bagels, pumpkin, pretzels among others. That’s the type of carbs you want to stay far from. Low glycemic index food include dried beans, corn, yam, oat meal, all non-starchy vegetables, sweet potatoes, most fruit, and many whole grain breads and cereals. That is the good carbs you want to choose.
High GI carbs rise a hormone called insulin in a way that may be dangerous for your skin and your health in general in the long term. Eating low GI carbs not only may help to reduce the number of pimples but it certainly prevents other diseases such as diabetes.
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