6 Foods to Avoid if You Have Metabolic Syndrome

2. Diet pop

There was a time when only people on actual diets would drink diet soda. Now, however, many diet sodas outsell their regular counterparts. And while it’s true that most diet sodas have zero calories and no added sugar, they often replace sugar with chemicals we just don’t know that much about.

For example, it’s still not clear if taking sugar out of a soda and replacing it with sucralose does anything to improve one’s chances of keeping off weight or holding type 2 diabetes at arm’s length. For those who have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, it just isn’t worth the risk. Instead, stick to water and unsweetened green tea.

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