Can the amount of free sugars in food cause acne? I seem to have figured out my problem.
I thought I was allergic to fructose so I eliminated sugary foods to cure my acne. I eliminated table sugar and high fructose foods. I eliminated processed sugars, ready to buy items at the grocery stores and red meat.
But my acne never went away. Since I thought I was allergic to fructose, I switched to dextrose for my coffee. But turns out, this was also a big mistake. Dextrose actually made my acne worse. Not only that, I also suffered fatigue and body aches. I felt like I was tired all the time.
So I thought if I really was sensitive to fructose, then why did the dextrose not work? Why did I still break out?
Based on my experience, fructose malabsorption might not be my problem. My problem seem to be consumption of FREE sugars. These free sugars are sugars that are ready to be digested upon consumption. Such sugars include sucrose, maltose, glucose, galactose and lactose.
This means that it isn’t the fructose that is my problem. It is all the FREE sugars.
The reason why I think free sugars might be my problem is because when I eat long grain rice, I don’t seem to break out. This is contrary to many diet suggestions as they say white rice is a refined carbohydrate, which means is easily digested and used as energy.
But I looked at white rice’s nutrition data. According to nutrition data, white rice contains 126 mg of sucrose, 15.8 mg of glucose, 31.6 mg of fructose and 0 mg for lactose, maltose and galactose. Rice’s sugar content is only .2g per cup.
Compared this to sweet potatoes which I thought were healthier for me, sweet potatoes actually contained more free sugars than rice. Per cup, sweet potatoes contain a total of 13g of sugar. It’s got 4559mg of sucrose, 1140mg of glucose, 1000mg of fructose, 6240mg of maltose and 0 mg of lactose and galactose.
Even though sweet potatoes are high in vitamins and minerals compared to rice, they are actually higher in FREE sugars.
This leads me to believe that FREE sugars cause acne and inflammation.
This does not matter where these free sugars come from. Whether they come from fruits, vegetables or meat that are otherwise considered healthy.
A LOT of foods contain free sugars that are easily digested by the body. I think these are bad. Not only for the skin, but also for the body.