Drink­ing diet soda not best for weight watch­ing

The Republican Herald - - HEALTH -

Few words carry as much weight as the word “diet,” but when it comes to drinks, cut­ting calo­ries with diet soda may not cut the pounds you think it does, the Mayo Clinic News Net­work re­ported.

Dr. Don­ald Hen­srud, who heads up the Mayo Clinic Healthy Liv­ing Pro­gram and is au­thor of the “Mayo Clinic Diet Book,” said drink­ing diet soda is not as ef­fec­tive at help­ing peo­ple man­age their weight as many peo­ple think.

“A diet soda doesn’t con­tain any calo­ries,” he said. “And, com­pared to a reg­u­lar soda that has about 150 calo­ries, peo­ple are con­sum­ing less calo­ries. How­ever, stud­ies have shown that peo­ple who con­sume large amounts of diet soda tend to weight a lit­tle bit more.”

Hen­srud said you can gain weight drink­ing diet soda.

“Well, what’s go­ing on here? The pre­vail­ing theory is that we’re con­sum­ing diet soda with ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers and our brain craves sweet foods at other times, so we’re get­ting more sweet calo­ries in our diet over­all that’s caus­ing a lit­tle bit of weight gain,” he said. “Wa­ter is best over­all, but maybe a car­bon­ated wa­ter or a fla­vored wa­ter can help peo­ple to bet­ter man­age their weight.”

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