5 Foods That Cause Gray Hair

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A strand of gray hair even before you are 20-30 can be annoying. While there are various factors like genetics, vitamin deficiency, and smoking which effect graying, there are certain foods which speed up the process, or might be the vital reason for graying. Below are the five foods you should avoid, to keep your gray hair for the late 50’s.

Sugar And Salt


Sugar alone, or foods that are high on sugar, like soft drinks and junk foods, can cause premature graying of hair. Sugar decreases the functioning of vitamin E, which is the most essential vitamin for hair growth. It also hinders the normal absorption of proteins, which form the skeletal structure of hair, nails, and teeth. Replacing artificial sugar with natural sugars present in fruits, and vegetables like sweet potato, beetroot, and carrot is beneficial.

Salt, though very important for maintaining a normal fluid balance, can cause adverse effects on hair, if over-consumed.

Monosodium Glutamate


Commonly known as Ajinomoto, Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a taste/flavor enhancer used in processed foods, canned vegetables, soups, etc. Though FDA has approved the usage of MSG in foods, within the prescribed limits, the side effects have often been noticed. There are not many evidences to prove the same, yet it is said to impact the normal metabolism of the body. Graying of hair is one of them.

Thus, avoiding processed foods would not just keep you away from weight gain, headache, and digestive issues, but would also keep graying of hair at bay.

Animal Protein


Over-consumption of animal protein in the form of meat or fish, results in early graying of hair. The human digestive system cannot digest certain animal proteins, and they directly get converted into uric acid. Excess production of uric acid leads to grey hair. Thus, monitoring the amount of meat and fish you consume is helpful.

Foods Containing Artificial Colors And Sweeteners


Often, the harmful effects of artificial color or sweetner are overshadowed by their appealing looks, and appetizing taste. With every ingredient artificial, they only harm the body, and premature graying of hair is no exception. So, next time you eat a red velvet cake, think about the amount of grey hair you would be seeing in near future.

Bleached White Flour


Pure wheat flour has various health benefits. But, enriched bleached white flour is made by extracting out the beneficial components, and adding the metallic iron. It is a known fact that metallic iron cannot be digested by the human body. Thus, the hair get deprived of the necessary iron for their growth, and gray prematurely.

Gradual reduction in consumption, and eventual giving up on these foods is the key.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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