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Diet soda: A sweet risk

If you are one of those women who drinks diet pop, soda or whatever else you choose to call it, the time may have come for you to reconsider your choice.

Many women tend to believe that by drinking diet soda they are doing their body and diet a favor, but be careful because the effect could be the exact opposite. Women who drink diet sodas tend to gain weight because they believe they are reducing the amount of calories they are taking in but, at the same time, they opt for higher calorie foods.

Sweet risk

It may be true that caffeine helps us feel more alert in the morning, but it is also true that it is guilty of making us feel the caffeine crash a few hours after its consumption. Caffeine dehydrates and dehydration affects all of our bodily functions (including our metabolism), this in addition to making our skin look (and feel) dry. Pay attention, if you don’t want to feel or see the side effects, to how much caffeine you are taking in with any kind of beverage.

Metabolic syndrome

You probably have never even heard of metabolic syndrome. However, it’s something that you should be very aware of the minute you lift your, oh so highly craved, can of diet soda. Metabolic syndrome refers to a series of health risk factors such as high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance. Just having one can of diet soda per day can increase your risk of suffering from metabolic syndrome. (By Carolina García/SOURCES: American beverage Institute, yahoo.com)

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