Skin Wrinkling: Can Food Make a Difference?

oohhh excit­ing stuff. Check out excerpts from this arti­cle about food and wrin­kles by all these peo­ple:
Mar­tal­ena br Purba, BSc, MCN, Antigone Kouris-Blazos, PhD, Naiyana Wat­tanapen­pai­boon, PhD, Wid­jaja Luk­ito, MD, PhD, Eliz­a­bet M Rothen­berg, PhD, Bertil C. Steen, MD, PhD and Mark L. Wahlqvist, MDFACN

(If you don’t want to read all of this, scroll to the bot­tom for my summary.)

Cor­re­la­tion analy­ses on the indi­vid­ual eth­nic groups were as fol­lows: Greek-born Aus­tralians with a low intake of milk and cof­fee, but a high intake of legumes, mousaka, egg­plant dip, gar­lic, low fat yogurt and polyun­sat­u­rated oil had the least skin wrin­kling (Table 4). Greek elderly liv­ing in rural Greece with a low intake of milk, processed meat, pud­ding and dessert, fat spread (mainly but­ter), but a high intake of green leafy veg­eta­bles, broad beans and cheese had the least skin dam­age. Cer­tain foods were neg­a­tively asso­ci­ated (pro­tec­tive) with skin wrin­kling amongst Anglo-Celtic Aus­tralians: sar­dines, cheese, aspara­gus, cel­ery, veg­etable juice, cher­ries, grapes, melon, apple, fruit salad, jam, multi­grain bread, prunes and tea. Swedish elderly with a low intake of roast beef, meat soup, fried potato, can­teloup, grapes, canned fruit, ice cream, cakes and pas­tries, jam and soft drink, but a high intake of egg, skimmed milk, yogurt, lima bean and spinach pie had bet­ter skin.

Over­all, our find­ing sug­gest that sub­jects with a higher intake of veg­eta­bles, olive oil and monoun­sat­u­rated fat and legumes, but a lower intake of milk/milk prod­ucts, but­ter, mar­garine and sugar prod­ucts had less skin wrin­kling in a sun-exposed site. There may be covari­ance between food cat­e­gories in which a cui­sine may oper­ate on skin biology.

In par­tic­u­lar, full-fat milk (as opposed to skim milk, cheese and yogurt), red meat (espe­cially processed meat), pota­toes, soft drinks/cordials and cakes/pastries were asso­ci­ated with exten­sive skin wrin­kling. In con­trast, eggs, yogurt, legumes (espe­cially broad and lima beans), veg­eta­bles (espe­cially green leafy/spinach, egg­plant, aspara­gus, cel­ery, onions/leeks and gar­lic), nuts, olives, cher­ries, grapes, melon, dried fruits/prunes, apples/pears, multi­grain bread, jam, tea and water were asso­ci­ated with less pho­toag­ing. Three food groups, namely dried fruits (prunes), apples and tea, explained 34% of vari­ance amongst ACA.

In this study, legume con­sump­tion also appeared to be pro­tec­tive against actinic dam­age; this may be partly explained by their phy­toe­stro­gen con­tent. Phy­toe­stro­gens have recently been iden­ti­fied to act as antioxidants

This study illus­trates that skin wrin­kling in a sun-exposed site in older peo­ple of var­i­ous eth­nic back­grounds may be influ­enced by the types of foods con­sumed. Cor­re­la­tion and regres­sion analy­ses on the minor food groups and food items for each eth­nic group iden­ti­fied the fol­low­ing foods to be pos­i­tively asso­ci­ated with cuta­neous actinic skin dam­age: full-fat milk (as opposed to skim milk, cheese and yogurt), red meat (espe­cially processed meat), pota­toes, soft drinks/cordials, cakes/pastries. Neg­a­tive asso­ci­a­tions were found with eggs, yogurt, legumes (espe­cially broad and lima beans), veg­eta­bles (espe­cially green leafy/spinach, egg­plant, aspara­gus, cel­ery, onions/leeks, gar­lic), nuts, olives, cher­ries, melon, dried fruits/prunes, apples/pears, multi­grain bread, jam, tea and water. Three food groups, namely dried fruits, apples and tea, explained 34% of vari­ance amongst ACA. For nutri­ents, higher intakes of total fat, espe­cially monoun­sat­u­rated fat, vit­a­min C, cal­cium, phos­pho­rus, mag­ne­sium, iron, zinc and retinol were cor­re­lated with less actinic skin damage.

An inter­ven­tion study is needed to inves­ti­gate whether cuta­neous actinic dam­age could be pre­vented in part with higher intakes of veg­eta­bles (espe­cially green leafy, garlic/onions, cel­ery), legumes, olive oil, total fat (mainly monoun­sat­u­rated), apples/pears, prunes, tea and pos­si­bly fish, cher­ries, mel­ons, min­er­als, vit­a­min C and retinol.

Fas­ci­nat­ing– moti­vat­ing, teensy weensy bit con­fus­ing. They say that milk prod­ucts are bad but yogurt and cheese are good?

To break it down for you, here is the sum­mary from this arti­cle of what food will do which:


  • milk, full-fat milk (not skim milk)
  • fat spread (mainly but­ter) but­ter, margarine
  • cof­fee
  • red meat (espe­cially processed meat), roast beef, processed meat, meat soup,
  • pud­ding, ice cream, cakes and pas­tries, and other desserts/sugar product
  • fried potato, potatoes (?)
  • can­taloupe (?) (Knock, knock, who’s there? Can­taloupe. Can­taloupe who? Can­taloupe with you tonight. Let’s get mar­ried in June!)
  • grapes, (?)
  • canned fruit,
  • jam
  • soft drink/cordial

Basi­cally: milk, cof­fee, red meat, but­ter, mar­garine, and SUGAR will make you wrin­kle like a lit­tle prune face.

Smooth Beau­ti­ful Skin

  • Top three: apples, tea, dried fruits
  • green leafy vegetables
  • veg­eta­bles espe­cially spinach, egg­plant, aspara­gus, cel­ery, onions, leeks, and garlic.
  • veg­etable juice
  • water
  • legumes (espe­cially broad beans and lima beans)
  • Fruit includ­ing: Cher­ries, grapes (???), melon, apple, prunes, pears, fruit salad, and dried fruits.
  • olive oil, and other monoun­sat­u­rated fats includ­ing nuts and olives
  • polyun­sat­u­rated oil (??)
  • yogurt, low fat yogurt
  • cheese (?)
  • sar­dines,
  • eggs
  • multi­grain bread,
  • mousaka,
  • egg­plant dip,
  • jam? (I have this on good author­ity that this is bad for your skin. See above list. What gives?)

Basi­cally: to look like a lit­tle Ado­nis or Aphrodite:

Drink tea, water, and veg­etable juice,

Eat lots of veg­eta­bles, legumes, and fruit espe­cially apples, (we’re still unsure about grapes and mel­ons), get most of your fat from plant sources, but feel free to include some fish and some yogurt and maybe cheese (although yogurt and cheese are milk prod­ucts, ahem.)

My two cents about tea: choose your tea care­fully, even the small amount of caf­feine in green tea is not good for peo­ple with reac­tive hypo­glycemia. Also, tea is often decaf­feinated using chem­i­cals that aren’t good for you, so look into it. “Caf­feine stim­u­lates the pro­duc­tion of adren­a­line. So does reac­tive hypo­glycemia. There­fore, caf­feine in the diet can make symp­toms worse because the pro­duc­tion of adren­a­line is increased.“


8 comments to Skin Wrinkling: Can Food Make a Difference?

  • Inter­est­ing stuff. I like these nutri­tion posts! and some­day I’ll start post­ing, too. Someday…


  • […] Threads has a fas­ci­nat­ing post on foods that cause or pre­vent skin wrin­kling as you grow older. Thank­fully, beans are a great food […]

  • Ted Burrett

    My fel­low on Face­book shared this link and I’m not dis­s­a­pointed at all that I came here.


    Braidwood Reply:

    Thanks for com­ing! And thank you to your friend for the link! Your lack of dis­ap­point­ment amuses me. I am not at all dis­pleased about it. ;)


  • Vicenta Hiraoka

    Fan­tas­tic post, I will be sure to book­mark this in my Clip­marks account. Have a great evening.


  • LeethePro

    Milk, causes wrin­kles? BULLSH*T. My grand­mother drinks whole milk Every­day, always has since she had her 2 twins. She may have 1 or. 2 wrin­kles but no. She is almost 70. Her skin looks smooth. This is a lie. And men­tions noth­ing of Blue­ber­ries being #1 most pow­er­ful Antiox­i­dants, which fight wrin­kles. No. Milk caus­ing wrin­kles, or quicker aging is com­pletely false. And in fact most Wrestling super­stars prac­ti­cally live on pro­tein shakes with milk of cours and they look very young for their age.

    This study men­tions Noth­ing about exer­cis­ing which is also num­ber 1 in . Pre­vent­ing wrin­kles and signs of early aging.

    This study was done by noobs and non pro­fes­sion­als, look them up. No cred­i­bil­ity but to elicit scare.

    Keep drink­ing milk peo­ple. The pro­tein keeps your mus­cles going (even in the hint hint..face)


  • Minglee

    Humans are the only mam­mals who con­tin­ues to drink milk (non-human milk) after they are ween from their mothers.


  • Zoe

    Eh, sorry, but I’d rather lis­ten to results of a sci­en­tific study involv­ing 177 peo­ple, than your anec­do­tal account of one per­son. Your milk-consuming grand­mother hav­ing few wrin­kles doesn’t mean any­thing, it’s the sta­tis­ti­cal sig­nif­i­cance between large num­bers of peo­ple that is impor­tant, when you have fac­tored out other pos­si­ble inter­ven­ing vari­ables. Who knows, if your grand­mother didn’t drink milk, she may have even fewer wrin­kles, she may just have genet­i­cally good skin (or good skin due to other aspects of her diet/lifestyle).
    It is known that there are many com­pounds in non-human milk that humans can­not digest, and these pos­si­bly have toxic effects on the body. Indeed, a large pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion can­not even digest the main sugar in milk: lac­tose. I don’t want to believe that milk is aging me (and pos­si­bly toxic and cancer-causing, as other stud­ies sug­gest), because I flip­ping love milk, but when the sci­ence is out there and it actu­ally makes evo­lu­tion­ary sense, you’d be silly to ignore it completely.

    Don’t stop drink­ing milk com­pletely, but limit your con­sump­tion to skimmed only, and don’t just drink it for the sake of it.


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