When it comes to the good and the bad in foods, it seems like the media is always changing its mind. Is milk good or bad for adults? What about chocolate, or coffee? Get the facts behind the myths, and enjoy the benefits of better skin!
Myth: Chocolate causes acne and other breakouts due to its high fat content.
Truth: Milk chocolate is made by combining chocolate liquids with extra sugar and sweetened milk. Dark chocolate, however, contains several antioxidants, a higher percentage of cocoa, and a lower percentage of sugar.
Make the switch: When getting your chocolate fix, choose darker, cocoa-rich chocolate. Look for the percentages on the packaging for sugar and cocoa content (e.g.: “Made with 60% Cocoa”).
Myth: Fatty foods cause breakouts and complexion problems.
Truth: Natural fats from foods such as avocados, nuts, and seeds provide natural oils that aid in digestion and nourish your hair and skin.
Make the switch: Avoid saturated fats that are found in fried foods, or pre-packaged foods. Read your labels carefully, and opt for snacks such as sunflower seeds or roasted peanuts over French fries or chips. Add avocado to your salad for a healthy dose of potassium and vitamins B and E.
Myth: Dairy products are always good for you.
Fact: Dairy products can affect levels of testosterone, making your oil glands go into overdrive. This can lead to a complexion catastrophe!
Make the switch: If you’ve been having trouble with your skin, try alternatives to cow’s milk, such as soymilk, rice milk or almond milk. Goat cheese is a great alternative to your regular mozzarella. And as always, read your labels!
Myth: Caffeine leads to breakouts.
Fact: Coffee, black and green teas contain antioxidants that are beneficial for your heart and your skin. However, too much can cause dehydration, which will lead to serious skin problems down the road.
Make the switch: Stay clear of energy drinks, and choose natural sources of caffeine instead. As the key to caffeine consumption is moderation, drink plenty of water to combat the dehydrating effects of caffeine. Create a “coffee cutoff” time that works for you, say 3 p.m., so you’re not cutting into your beauty sleep!