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
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
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
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."