7 Worst Foods and Beverages That Dehydrate You, Says a Doctor

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Alcoholic drinks are dehydrating and can lead to increased urination and fluid loss.


Coffee, tea, and energy drinks containing caffeine can have diuretic effects, causing the body to lose fluids.


High-sodium foods like chips and pretzels can make you thirsty and disrupt your body's fluid balance.

Salty Snacks

Deli meats and cured meats are often high in salt, which can lead to increased thirst.

Processed Meats

Beverages like soda, sugary juices, and energy drinks can increase urine production and contribute to dehydration.

Sugary Drinks

Spicy foods can cause sweating and increased fluid loss, potentially leading to dehydration.

Spicy Foods

High-fat and greasy foods can slow digestion, making you feel thirsty and less inclined to drink water.

Fried Foods

Some artificial sweeteners can have a laxative effect, increasing the risk of dehydration.

Artificial Sweeteners