10 Food That Might Be Speeding Up Your Aging Process

2. Processed Meats

You’ve probably heard that eating processed meats increases your chance of developing chronic illnesses including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and early death. But these delicious delights also hasten skin aging. This is because meats with a high salt and nitrate content, such as salami, pepperoni, and sausage, age the skin and cause wrinkles. The addition of nitrates and excessive sodium to processed meats amplifies the damage. Both cause the AGEs (advanced glycation end products), which worsen wrinkles and dullness by increasing the breakdown of collagen and elastin.

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