The biochemical interactions between food and the body varies with the type of food. Research reveals that some foods can age you faster while some foods can slow down the aging process!!!The compounds released as byproducts during cooking and digestion are called as Dietary Advanced Glycation End (AGE) Products. These dietary AGE products cause oxidation and inflammation in the body which causes aging as well as other degenerative health conditions.
Foods that AGE you: High fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, excess of omega-6 rich oils, canola and vegetable oils. Animal-derived foods are generally AGE-rich and prone to new AGE formation during cooking.
How can you prevent AGE-ing? Choose raw foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds. Choose minimally processed or unprocessed foods. Unrefined carbohydrates such as whole grains contain relatively few AGEs, even after cooking. Frying, broiling, grilling and roasting yield high AGE products while poaching, steaming, boiling and stewing generated low AGE products.
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, June 2010.