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Editor's note: Each day in January 2008, Dietitian Heather Reese will encourage you to keep your New Year's Resolutions by giving a diet and fitness tip of the day. Beware of caloric beverages. Calories from drinks are often forgotten or ignored when counting calories. A can of regular soda or a glass of juice are around 100 calories each. And a couple drinks at your local happy hour can quickly add up to as many calories as a typical meal. See also: Tip #1: Avoid Skipping Meals
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No Relief in Diet Soda for Weight Watchers
OMG, TaB has turned fifty years old and I forgot to bake a cake. Still in all, I salute you old friend. Imagining my teen years without my go to beverage would be like forgetting my first kiss. It just ain’t gonna happen.
The memory of that colorful pink can and chemical flavor are with me still. And that clever name, why it…actually I have no idea what the name means nor have I ever met anyone who does. Never mind that though. Hoorah and happy birthday TaB.
The iconic pink can hit the market in 1963 , when diet soda was nearly unheard of. Now, all these years later, it is making a comeback although it is no longer tries to attract a primary audience of weight watching females. Whether this is by design or by coincidence, it’s all good because current studies show that diet soda actually promotes weight gain.
Oh well, happy birthday anyhow TaB.
A new report , published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation , implies that drinking diet soda pop is just as likely to provoke the metabolic syndrome as drinking sugar-laden non-diet soda pop. Quoting the lead author: "We were struck by the fact that it didn't matter whether it was a diet or regular soda that participants consumed, the association with increased risk was present... In those who drink one or more soft drinks daily, there was an association of an increased risk of developing the metabolic syndrome." This just doesn't make sense to me. And apparently it didn't to the authors, who proposed that there might be several mechanisms that could explain the higher risk of metabolic abnormalities associated with greater consumption of soft drinks: "These can be broadly grouped under physiological effects, dietary behavior, and the economics of food choice." They expanded on these proposals, but, to...
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