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Diet drinks linked to snacking and weight gain

Researchers found that overweight adults who drank diet sodas were more likely to eat high calorie foods


Researchers have found a link between weight gain and fizzy diet drinks.

Sipping on diet soft drinks is seen by many as a guilt-free indulgence, but a new study may have uncovered a link between the drinks and weight gain.

Researchers have found that overweight and obese adults who drink diet soda eat food more high calorie food than those who opt for non-diet drinks.

Adults who consume diet soft drinks were found to have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) score and were more likely to snack on high calorie food than those who consumed sugary drinks.

Scientists studied 11 years' worth of data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to map patterns of drink consumption and calorie intake.

Dr Sara Bleich, said: "although overweight and obese adults who drink diet soda eat a comparable amount of total calories as heavier adults who drink sugary beverages, they consume significantly more calories from solid food at both meals and snacks."

The study found overweight diet-soda-drinkers ate 1,965 calories a day, compared with the 1,874 consumed by heavy people who drank regular sugar-sweetened beverages.

The researchers have called this data "statistically significant".

The American Beverage Association, the organisation which represents the interests of non-alcoholic drinks companies, said in a statement: "Losing or maintaining weight comes down to balancing the total calories consumed with those burned through physical activity."

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