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22 Jan 2014 - FoodNavigator - Food 'compensation' means diet drinks are not a weight loss solution, warn researchers

By Nathan Gray

Overweight and obese adults who drink sugar-free or diet beverages consume more calories from food than overweight people who drink regular soda, according to new data.

The results of a large US-based study involving more than 23,000 adults has suggested that people who are overweight or obese drink more sugar-free beverages than people of a healthy weight.  However, the study which examined patterns in adult diet beverage consumption and calorie intake, also found that overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages consume more calories from food than obese or overweight adults who drink 'regular soda' or other sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) - thus counterbalancing any reduction in calorie intake from drinking the sugar-free beverage.