Can of Diet Soda a Day? Waist Line Likely 70 Percent Larger.

Put down the diet cola. At the American Diabetes Association meeting this week, a study was presented that showed a link between drinking diet soda and gaining weight. The culprit? It could be the artificial sweetener aspartame in soda. A second study showed the sweetener actually raises blood sugar in mice prone to diabetes.

Study researcher Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D. says the diet sodas may be free of calories, “but not of consequences.”

Study facts:

Researchers collected height, weight, diet soda intake and waist circumference data from 474 people. The participants were followed up for an average of 9.5 years.

The diet soda drinkers were found to have waist circumferences 70 percent greater than non-diet drinkers.

The biggest waists? Those who drank diet sodas twice per day. They had waist circumferences 500 percent greater than those who didn’t drink any diet sodas.

In another published study earlier this year, daily diet soda drinkers were also found to have higher stroke and heart attack risks.

 

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