Could diet drinks trigger sugar seeking?
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.