If one woman typically drinks calorie-free soft drinks and another typically drinks a regular soda (usually containing about 150 calories), who is more likely to become overweight over time?
According to an eight-year study done at the University of Texas Health and Science Center the more diet soda a person drank on a daily basis, the greater risk she had of becoming overweight. Surprising? The findings are opposite of what we would expect. What factors could be contributing to this?
The researchers came up with two conclusions:
- Artificial sweeteners in diet drinks may actually increase food cravings for some people and they will be more likely to overeat.
- Diet-soda drinkers may think that they can afford to indulge elsewhere. A rationalization could be “I can have a hot-fudge sundae since I had a diet soda.”