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Diet Soda Side Effect: Low-Calorie Sodas Found To Cause Weight Gain

Scientists found new evidence that linked diet sodas to weight gain. A new study has found that those who drink low-calorie beverages have more calorie intakes than those who only drink water. Flavored sparkling water with 100 percent fruit juice and pure water were suggested to be better alternatives to sweetened drinks.

The study published in Pediatric Obesity observed 7,026 children and teenagers enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and assessed their calorie intake per day and whether or not diet sodas helped them prevent weight gain. From 2011 to 2016, the participants’ diet records showed that youngsters who drank diet sodas consumed more calories than those who opted to drink water regularly.

“These results challenge the utility of diet or low-calorie sweetened beverages when it comes to cutting calories and weight management,” Dr. Allison Sylvetsky, a researcher from George Washington University, explained.

Dr. Sylvetsky noted that their findings were important since obesity is a recurring problem in the U.S. The condition increases the risks of type 2 diabetes, heart conditions and other health problems that result from following an unhealthy lifestyle. The study also debunks previous claims that diet sodas provide a healthier option for people who want to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As per the American Heart Association, women should drink about 2.7 liters or 11 glasses of water per day. Sylvetsky agreed with the suggestion and added that children have higher chances of avoiding obesity and excess calorie intake by drinking flavored sparkling water that contains 100 percent fruit juice. She claimed that this and eating more fruit, vegetables and whole grains are better alternatives than drinking soft drinks.

The research also found that diet drinks do not lower calorie intake. Diet soda drinkers were found to consume 200 more calories per day than those who only drank water. Taking into account the participants’ body weight, kids who drank diet sodas accumulated 196 calories per day. Those who drank sugary sodas such as regular Coke were at an excess of 312 calories and those who drank both incurred 450 more calories than those who only drank water.

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