Diet Fizzy Drinks Make ‘No Difference To Weight Loss’


Your Diet Coke addiction is about to be de-railed thanks to research that concludes that sugar-free soft drinks could be as harmful to your diet as the 'full-fat' versions.
In fact, diet drinks, known as artificially sweetened beverages (ASBs) could actually lead to you consuming more calories, as they stimulate your sweet taste buds.
Anyone who's done Slimming World will know how that one can of Diet Coke can get you through a long, hard, chocolate-free day but now some spoilsport has come along and put a dampener on your little treat. According to a team of experts, diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners won't help you stay slim - and previous research claiming they will has actually been affected by studies sponsored by soft drinks companies themselves. The sneaky buggers.
Co-author Dr Maria Carolina Borges, from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, said:
'The lack of solid evidence on the health effects of ASBs and the potential influence of bias from industry funded studies should be taken seriously when discussing whether ASBs are adequate alternatives to SSBs (sugar-sweetened beverages)."
Meanwhile, senior investigator Professor Christopher Millett, from Imperial College London's School of Public Health, dismissed the idea that sugar-free drinks are in any way healthier: "A common perception, which may be influenced by industry marketing, is that because 'diet' drinks have no sugar, they must be healthier and aid weight loss when used as a substitute for full sugar versions. However, we found no solid evidence to support this."
Of course, it's not recommended that you switch to the full-sugar versions of your favourite drink, either. If you want to stick to your health resolution, it's best to opt for a glass of water. 
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