By Anthony Donatelli

So how many of you thought that popping open a can Diet Coke or Pepsi was a “healthy” alternative to the regular soda?

Well it turns out so many of us were so very wrong.

According to researchers, there is no evidence that sugar-free drinks can help fight obesity, nor should be promoted as part of a healthy diet.

“A common perception, which may be influenced by industry marketing, is that because ‘diet’ drinks have no sugar they must be healthier and aid weight loss when used as a substitute for full-sugar versions. However, we found no solid evidence to support this,” Professor Christopher Millett, top researcher at Imperial’s School of Public Health, said.

Artificially-sweetened beverages (ASBs) are marketed as a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), yet there is no proof that diet drinks are healthier or help with weight loss.

Diet drinks can actually contribute to the problem, as “characteristics related to ASB composition (low nutrient density and food additives), consumption patterns (potential promotion of sweet taste preference), and environmental impact (misuse of natural resources, pollution, or ecotoxicity) make them a potential risk factor for highly prevalent chronic diseases,” the study adds.

So if you’re New Year’s resolution was to shed a few pounds this year, leave the soda in the fridge and try a little thing called water!


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