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New Sweetie Diet Craze Hits The U.K. But Nutritionists Warn Of Harmful Effects

December 28, 2010: 10:41 AM EST

Children have long been eating sweets for the taste but models and celebrities eat sweets for a quick energy boost and as a low-fat alternative between meals, and now the Sweetie Diet has made the trip over the Atlantic from the US to the UK. Looking at the caloric count of Jelly Bellies with 80 calories per serving it is easy to think of the candy as a low-fat alternative. Nutritionists warn that even though the taste and look of sweets are appealing, especially to young people, the side effects are harmful. Almost all sweets are pure sugar that provides an initial energy boost that later fluctuates causing behavioral changes. Aside from causing acne and bad teeth, going on the Sweetie Diet also plays havoc with the internal body: lowering metabolism that causes weight gain over the long term, causing nutritional deficiencies, and increasing the risk of diabetes.

Celia Walden , "Can jelly beans really make you thin?", Telegraph.co.uk, December 28, 2010, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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