Eat­ing ‘diet’ food can make you obese

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The so-called ‘diet’ prod­ucts con­tain­ing low or no fat may have higher amount of sugar and con­sum­ing them reg­u­larly could make you fat, new re­search re­veals. The sug­ar­laden diet foods can also lead to liver dam­age and brain in­flam­ma­tion, said a study pub­lished in the jour­nal Phys­i­ol­ogy and Be­hav­iour.

“Most so-called diet prod­ucts con­tain­ing low or no fat have an in­creased amount of sugar and are cam­ou­flaged un­der fancy names, giv­ing the im­pres­sion that they are healthy, but the re­al­ity is that those foods may dam­age the liver and lead to obe­sity as well,” said Krzysztof Czaja, As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor at Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia.

Re­searchers also found that rats fed a diet high in sugar but low in fat — meant to im­i­tate many pop­u­lar diet foods — in­creased body fat mass, when com­pared to rats fed a bal­anced ro­dent diet. The high-sugar diet in­duced a host of other prob­lems, in­clud­ing liver dam­age and brain in­flam­ma­tion.

Over a four-week pe­riod, re­searchers mon­i­tored body weight, caloric in­take, body com­po­si­tion and fe­cal sam­ples in three groups of rats. One group con­sumed a diet high in fat and sugar, another group was fed a low-fat, high-sugar diet and a third group was given a bal­anced diet. Both the low­fat, high-sugar and high-fat, high-sugar groups dis­played an in­crease in liver fat and sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in body weight and body fat when com­pared to the bal­anced diet group.

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