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Bread & cereal are the causes of acne


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 1, 2002
Dallas, TX
LONDON (Reuters) - Eating too much refined bread and cereal, rather than chocolate and greasy foods, could be the cause of teenage acne and pimples.
Loren Cordain and scientists at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins have published research showing that refined carbohydrates unleash a series of reactions in the body which increase the production of bacteria that cause acne.

"There's a lot of anecdotal evidence," Neil Mann, a nutrition researcher at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia told New Scientist magazine Wednesday.

Mann and his colleagues are planning to test the theory and will be putting 60 teenage boys on low-carbohydrate diets for three months to see if it has an impact.

"Dermatologists will tell you they have put patients on low-carbohydrate diets and seen improvements. This will be the first controlled study," he added.

Although acne makes teenagers in developed countries miserable, it is almost unknown in some societies such as the Kitava Islanders in Papua New Guinea where processed foods are at a minimum.

According to Cordain, the Inuit people in Alaska did not suffer from pimples until the arrival of the Western diet.

"Acne may not be the only problem caused by eating large quantities of highly refined starches. Such diets have also been blamed for causing short-sightedness and contributing to adult-onset diabetes," New Scientist said.


Note to self, no more dagwood sandwiches and Coco Puffs.

Peter :D

Mr. Anderson

Moderator emeritus
Nov 1, 2001
Wow, this is very cool, and I'm not just talking about the acne part - at the bottom they mentioned some of the other 'side effects' from eating processed grain.

But its so hard to give up good bread.....I wonder when they'll release info on the results of the controled tests?



macrumors 604
Jul 4, 2001
1 Block away from NYC.
Oh no now bread is bad for mt skin, How about Eating Nothing?
I read a comic a while back.
"The TV station needs a new scare news story"
:Guy holds up paper saying "______ May Cause Cancer:
He asks "Who gets to pick a noun this time?" :D


macrumors 68000
Dec 9, 2001
State of Denial
Oi vey! Why don't they just say "living will eventually lead to death"? It's true, 100% accurate, and will continue to be 100% accurate. It'll be one statement that the news companies will never have to print a correction on. Then they can skip all those other warnings!


macrumors P6
Oct 20, 2002
Luckly almost everyone grows out of the acne scourage. I can remember going to the dematologist for treatments. It does seem that at one time or another everything we eat is said to be bad. In the end moderation is the key. As said above death from something is a 100% sure thing!


macrumors 68000
Apr 16, 2002
Eating has little to do with acne. It's mostly genetics and kids touching their face with their hands.
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