Could diet drinks trig­ger sugar seek­ing?

Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE -

Sugar-free sweet drinks might seem like a win-win, but scientists are still fig­ur­ing out how the body re­sponds to them. Com­pared to the sug­ary bev­er­age, when peo­ple had the ar­ti­fi­cially sweet­ened drink at lunch, they worked harder to earn sweet snacks (candy, cook­ies) than salty/ savoury snacks (chips, crack­ers), al­though they didn’t ac­tu­ally eat more of them. This is the first study to show that drink­ing an ar­ti­fi­ciallysweet­ened bev­er­age may in­crease de­sire for sweet snacks com­pared to salty/ savoury snacks later in the day. More re­search is needed, but a sure win­ner to quench thirst is water.

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