Diet Drinks Don't Help With Weight Loss
Don’t sabotage your efforts to reach a healthy weight. A review of 37 studies involving 406,910 people found that diet sodas and other artificially sweetened foods and drinks may do just that. Over a matter of months and years, they may contribute to boosting your body weight, belly fat, and body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height used to estimate how close a person is to a healthy weight), possibly because they increase appetite. The review also tied sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose to heightened risks of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. It remains unknown whether such sweeteners directly cause these health concerns. If you’re looking for the fizz and flavor of soda without the sugar substitutes, try seltzer water with a squeeze of citrus.
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, July 17, 2017