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September 1, 2015

Check out the Medical News Today article: “Daily diet soda consumption linked to expanding waistlines.”

Check out the Medical News Today article: “Daily diet soda consumption linked to expanding waistlines.”

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Diet drinks, especially Coke and Pepsi, have few or no calories. So many people think diet beverages will help them lose weight. However, research is showing the opposite. Now a California group wants beverage companies to stop using “diet” in their brand names.
Diet drinks use sugar replacements, such as NutraSweet, Splenda, and Sunett or Ace K. These sugar replacements are sweeter than sugar, and they do not add calories to the diet.
But these “diet” beverages do not help with weight loss. Diet beverages can actually lead to weight gain. In fact, the super sweet diet beverages can cause cravings for sweet food and drinks, so consumers end up taking in additional calories. In two studies of children, overweight children drank more diet soda than normal weight children. Other studies support these results.
So U.S. Right to Know is asking the federal government to examine artificially-sweetened drinks. Consumers should learn the truth. Drinking “diet” soda may not help with weight loss. Using the word “diet” on the label may be false advertisement.
However, the American Beverage Association does not agree. Diet sodas are big sellers. It says that artificially-sweetened beverages can be part of a successful weight loss plan.
Developed by Seonah (Claire) Min


Published September 2015

Comments (4)

 

  1. Vicki says:

    I don’t like soda even a diet soda which can cause rotten teeth and losing some calcium of our body. It’s very unhealthy for kids who are growing their bodies.

  2. saswati pal says:

    Like is article. this is a good information to know everybody that, most of the people, even my family things that rather than regular drinks, we should go for “DIET”Coke or Pepsi. But this article informed us that artificially-sweetened beverages can cause cravings for sweet food and drinks. So drinking “diet” soda may not help with weight loss. It can actually lead to weight gain.

  3. Irina Bakanova says:

    It really interesting facts about diet drinks. I agree with this information. Many people drink diet beverages to lose weight. But if people will know really facts about diet drinks they will stop usage of them. Usually people don’t now nothing about food or drinks that they eat or drink. We need to now more information about what we buy in grocery stores every day to make the right choice of food.

  4. Kate says:

    Thank you, Claire! Your article is very interesting. We should be more careful about food that we eat. I think a good idea is to read about ingredients. This information is available and we can make a choice. So if everybody don’t buy beverages or food with artificial sweeteners or colors many companies will have to change ingredients of their products.

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