Eating ‘diet’ food can make you obese
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.