Diet Sodas May Not Help Kids Cut Calories

Published May 2nd 2019- 12:55 GMT

Published May 2nd 2019- 12:55 GMT

Although the drinks are created to be healthier by cutting out sugar, children who choose them eat sugar in other things to make up the difference.

But, she stressed, "parents should definitely steer clear of foods or drinks with a lot of added sugar".

Diet fizzy drinks won't keep children's weight down because they just end up eating more, research has found.

On the other hand, kids who drank diet beverages were doing better in some ways, the study found.

Researchers looked at the diets of more than 7,000 children in the U.S. and found only those who mostly drank water consumed fewer calories. Rather, the study findings suggest a link between consuming sweetened beverages (containing sugar and/or low-calorie sweeteners) and higher intakes of both calories and sugar.

Consumers of low-calorie sweetened drinks, sugary beverages and consumers of both took in 15, 39 and 46 more grams of added sugar, which translates to 60, 156 and 184 extra calories from added sugar-as compared to water consumers.

When you are trying to lose weight you probably find yourself reaching for diet drinks such as Diet Coke. The study conducted among American teens and kids said that those who consumed low-calorie or diet sodas consumed nearly 200 calories more per day, as compared to people who just stuck to water for hydration.

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Researchers from George Washington University in Washington DC carried out the research as part of ongoing work on the drawbacks of soft drinks.

Any beverage labelled as sugar-free, diet, light, low-calorie or no-calorie was categorized as a low-calorie sweetened drink.

In the survey, the teens were asked to recall what they'd eaten and had to drink the previous day. Yet despite the rise in their popularity, researchers still do not know how these sweeteners affect total energy intake or if they are helpful for weight management as they are meant to be.

This study is important, the scientists said, because large proportions of children are overweight in Western nations. Among the key findings of the study was the observation that kids who drank low-calorie sweetened beverages also ingested more added sugars from other foods and drinks, as compared to those who drank water.

Sylvetsky said the findings are important because almost one in three kids in the USA is overweight or obese, increasing their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart problems, cancer and other health problems.

Her past research has claimed the consumption of these sugar-free sweeteners shot up by 200 per cent among children and teenagers between 1999 and 2012.

For a healthy alternative, they suggest flavoured sparkling water with a splash of 100% fruit juice or water with a few pieces of fruit mixed in.

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