CONTRIBUTED BY Varsha Nautiyal

It may be the exotic burgers of McDonald’s or Dominos or the desi versions of Jumbo king or Goli Vadapaav, they are lip-smacking and tempting as hell. A bet-winning treat or a quick, yummy brunch, burgers always find their way to your tummies superseding all no-money situations and weight-loss goals. While you spend a heck of money into purchasing the best makeup products and rushing into salons for a flawless skin, every burger that you eat makes the money go into a holed pot. Burgers are mostly notorious only for increasing fat in your body but they can also take a toll on your skin and leave you with a prematurely aged skin. Here’s how:


Excessive sodium
In a study, American researchers have discovered that excessive consumption of sodium may accelerate ageing as it causes cell decay which in turn reflects greatly on the skin. You should know that the burger offered by local fast-food joint typically contains 500 milligrams of sodium while that at dine-in food chains contains between 3000-4000 milligrams. This content is not only unhealthy in general but also exceeds the upper limit (2300 milligrams) recommendation by FDA. More the burgers, the quicker the ageing.

Corn oil
Most of the restaurants typically use corn oil, considered unhealthy for frying the patty. When consumed, it releases free radicals in your body. Free radical damage or oxidative stress has multiple consequences on health and well-being, wrinkled and loose skin being the major effects. So you wonder if getting the most expensive facial treatment in the evening and skipping dinner to eat two burgers in the night makes sense. It certainly does not.

White flour
If any food causes inflammation in your body, identify it as food contributing to ageing. White flour, widely used for making burger buns can cause inflammation. It triggers oxidative stress and in turn damages collagen and DNA, making you look older. So when you’re ordering a burger next time, remind yourself that you’re going to get wrinkles and drooping skin complementary.

Margarine
If you haven’t ditched this butter substitute years ago, do it now. Doctors confirm that not all fats are equally created, and margarine happens to give other fats a bad rapport. The offender in margarine is trans fat, which destroys hydration. And you all know that the less your skin is hydrated, the faster the wrinkles appear. Trans fats also make your skin more susceptible to UV damage. Margarine goes into the making of burgers by some restaurants and when you eat up that burger, you could be ingesting much more than what’s listed on the menu. So, you’re better away.

How to offset the burger effect?
If you have been the accuser of consuming too many burgers in a month, it’s time to reverse some of its effect. Apart from completely cutting down burger for some months, start drinking eight glasses of water every day as a habit. Include a lot of green and red vegetables in your meal, consume some in raw form such as broccoli, tomato, cucumber or carrot. You will be delighted to know that exercise has a positive effect in slowing down skin ageing. Make sure you go for a walk, exercise at home or work out regularly not only to burn that fat but also to get that glow on your skin.

So take charge today, of what you see when you look in the mirror a few years from now. You would not want people to guess your age decades more than what it really is. The choice is yours!

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