From Frugivore — Diet soda drinkers beware. Although most weight-conscious folks drink diet sodas to save on calories and sugar, new research suggests that the popular substitutes can actually increase the likelihood that drinkers will pack on the pounds and raise their risk of diabetes.

Scientists at the University of Texas, San Antonio studied data from 474 elderly Mexican and European Americans. The two-decade study concluded that the waistlines of diet soda drinkers expanded dramatically.

Science Daily reports:

Measures of height, weight, waist circumference and diet soda intake were recorded at SALSA enrollment and at three follow-up exams that took place over the next decade. The average follow-up time was 9.5 years. The researchers compared long-term change in waist circumference for diet soda users versus non-users in all follow-up periods. The results were adjusted for waist circumference, diabetes status, leisure-time physical activity level, neighborhood of residence, age and smoking status at the beginning of each interval, as well as sex, ethnicity and years of education.

Diet soft drink users, as a group, experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. Frequent users, who said they consumed two or more diet sodas a day, experienced waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater than those of non-users.

Moreover, researchers have also found that our previously held ideas that diet sodas are healthy alternatives are wrong.

 

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  • Dragonlady73

    I could be wrong, but I will go out on a limb and say that maybe they are gaining weight because most diet soda drinkers that I know or observe often eat higher calories. I guess they would figure that since they are saving calories in their soda choice that they are allowed those savings in their food choices????? I mean really? How many times have you been out and noticed someone order this big high calorie meal and then get a diet soda? Why bother? Makes sense to me anyhow. As far as I’m concerned, if I do choose to have a soda (which is very rare) I want the full effect, not a watered down version. Same goes for desserts. i don’t want a diet cookie or cake or ice cream. If that is what I have fallen to I’d just opt out of having it all together.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    drink water…….

  • Bridget

    All soda is bad, period. No surprise there.