Diet Soda Does not Increase Appetite
Many people are concerned about previous studies which have suggested that although artificially sweetened beverages or diet soda contain no calories, they may increase one’s appetite or one’s desire for sweet foods, which can result in weight gain. Some have also suggested that these effects can increase one’s risk for diabetes. Vasanti Malik, a nutrition researcher from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston says that artificial sweeteners are a many times sweeter than regular sugar, which can lead to these worrisome fears.
New findings, however, may ease these worries, as researchers led by Carmen Piernas, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health found that obese people who are trying to lose weight do not increase calorie intake or gain more weight when consuming diet soda daily.
The study included 318 overweight or obese adults who consumed at least 280 calories from drinks each day. They were randomly divided into three groups were one group was asked to substitute at least two servings of sugary drinks with water, a second group used diet soda substitutes and a third group continued their usual drinking habits.
The results, which were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that after six months, participants who drank either water or diet soda reduced their daily calorie consumption from 2,000 – 2,300 calories to 1,500 – 1,800 calories. Participants in the two groups ate a similar amount of total calories, carbohydrates, fat and sugar. Participants in the water group reported eating more fruit and vegetables while those taking diet beverages ate fewer desserts compared to their dietary habits at the onset of the study.
Pittman, G. Diet drinks may not fuel your appetite: study. Reuters