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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

HEALTHY LIVING WITH JANICE - BUSTING THE DIET SODA MYTH

Health editor Janice Kerr came across an interesting study recently. If you drink diet soda to cut down on calories, you’re going to want to read this. -- AP

That’s right, Anastasia. Personally, I always think it’s quite funny when I see people ordering Big Macs, supersized fries, and a diet Coke, but that’s kind of beside the point. A nearly ten year long study from the University of Texas Health Science Center found that older people who consumed two or more diet sodas a day had spare tires and muffin tops six times greater than people who didn’t drink diet soda.

No one knows for sure why. It could be something in artificial sweeteners that makes us retain body fat, or like those people ordering the Big Macs and supersized fries, they think the calorie they save from ordering a diet soda will counterbalance the calories in their food.

Want to lose weight? Try cutting out the diet sodas and drink water instead. Oh, and it’s probably a good idea to find a healthy substitute for the Big Macs and supersized fries.

Good advice, Janice! And if nothing else, you’ll be able to cheat with a few Christmas cookies. 
;-) -- AP

2 comments:

Jane R said...

What good advice. I don't usually drink diet sodas but I know some people who do. Water is my choice although I still need that cup of coffee in the morning... or at least I think I do!

ANASTASIA POLLACK said...

Jane, I need that cup of coffee in the morning and several more throughout the day!