Diet sodas could lead to more snacking
People who drink diet soda to cut down on calories may be doing themselves a disservice, as research shows that these people eat more food to compensate.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 24,000 U.S. adults who reported food and beverage consumption in a 24-hour period as part of a survey.
They found that overweight and obese people who drank diet beverages consumed about the same number of total calories a day as overweight or obese people who drank regular sweetened beverages.
The obese adults who drank diet beverages consumed almost 200 calories more from food per day than obese adults who drank the sugary beverages. In addition, the extra 200 calories mostly came from eating sweet snacks.
Researchers say diet soda may not be sufficient for long-term weight loss efforts.
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