A.G.E. Foundation Launches International A.G.E. Awareness Day; Unveils U.S.
Survey Findings About Eating Habits and Cooking Methods on Aging
PROVO, Utah, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to health, many people
are aware of the major dos and don'ts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and
diet. However, they tend to only focus on their cholesterol, blood pressure, and
body mass index (BMI), and overlook another key medical marker: Advanced
Glycation Endproducts (AGEs). If ignored, AGEs can also lead to significant
damage to an individual's health over time.
AGEs are harmful compounds that develop in the body or are ingested through
certain foods, including browned, sugary, and processed foods. When too many of
these foods are consumed, higher than normal levels of AGEs develop and build up
in the tissues. This accumulation can damage the organs and body systems and
accelerate the aging process from the inside out.
In an effort to educate the public about AGEs, the A.G.E. Foundation, a global
not-for-profit organization, recently unveiled the findings of its U.S. survey
on eating habits and the impact of cooking methods on aging. This survey
coincides with the launch of global A.G.E. Awareness Day. Both initiatives are
dedicated to educating consumers about AGEs and how they can protect themselves
and prolong a healthy life. The goal is also aimed at having AGE levels globally
recognized as a viable health marker, similar to cholesterol, blood pressure and
"We launched A.G.E. Awareness Day on summer solstice, the longest day of the
year as a way to connect the conversation to longevity in life." said Shon
Whitney, chief executive officer, A.G.E. Foundation. "We know that people are
looking for ways to live healthy, vibrant lives and the AGE conversation is an
important topic that is being overlooked in today's health and wellness
The Impact of Eating Habits and Cooking Methods on Aging
According to the survey, 76 percent of Americans know that eating processed food
can accelerate aging. Thirty-two percent cited the manner in which the food was
cooked as having an impact on aging, while just 11 percent indicated cooking
food at high temperatures affected aging.
With the start of the summer season, people will be heating up the grill with
limited awareness of the way to reduce AGEs. The survey showed that six in 10
people prefer grilling their meat over oven-roasting (23 percent), stir-frying
(nine percent), steaming (three percent) and poaching (one percent).
"It is important for people to limit the amount of barbecued, sauteed, or even
toasted food," said Michelle Davenport, Ph.D., board member, A.G.E. Foundation.
"We've found that when we cook at higher temperatures, more AGEs form in the
food -- so our recommendation is to cook your meat at a low temperature for a
longer period of time."
The survey also showed that when people are eating processed, fried or sugary
foods, 81 percent are more concerned with the impact on their weight, while 58
percent are more concerned about the effect on their internal organs. More women
than men worry about these issues, especially the effect these foods can have on
their skin (42 percent versus 30 percent).
According to the A.G.E. Foundation, the key to lowering AGEs is to reduce heat,
extend cooking time and incorporate more water and acid into your food
preparation. Water-based cooking methods (i.e., steaming, poaching) dramatically
reduce AGEs. When asked about healthy ways to prepare meats for grilling, 34
percent of those surveyed ranked herb and oil as the healthiest, followed by
"straight to the grill" at 21 percent. Only 17 percent of respondents cited an
acid-based marinade as the healthiest way to prepare meats. "Adding a marinade
in the form of lemon, lime or vinegar can cut AGEs by 50 percent," said Dr.
Brightly colored fruits and vegetables and whole grains, which are low in AGEs,
are also recommended. Fruits and vegetables like noni, blueberries, olives and
cornelian cherries are particularly beneficial, and contain natural elements
called iridoids, which can lower a person's AGE levels.
Know Your Numbers
Just like cholesterol, BMI, and blood pressure, AGE levels are also a key
medical marker. Knowing AGE levels is important because it impacts how long and
how well you live. In addition to eating a healthy, fresh diet and preparing
low-AGE level foods, it's important to quit smoking, exercise regularly, get the
recommended amounts of sleep, and control stress levels to achieve an AGE-less
To learn more, visit www.AGEFoundation.com
The survey, distributed by The Futures Company, polled 1,009 consumers online
from May 13-15, 2013, about their thoughts, knowledge and attitudes on aging,
food and cooking procedures.
About the A.G.E. Foundation
Founded in 2012, the A.G.E. Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
increasing consumer awareness about Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs),
which are harmful compounds in the body linked to aging. The A.G.E. Foundation's
mission is to establish AGEs as a viable health marker, drive conversation about
their link to virtually every serious health concern we face today, and provide
solutions. It accomplishes this using ongoing research, clinical studies and
various public awareness campaigns. www.AGEFoundation.com
Carmichael Lynch Spong
SOURCE A.G.E. Foundation