Science is finally catching up with common sense.
A new study shows that sugar-sweetened beverages (pop, fruit drinks, fruit punch, energy drinks, slurpees, or any other high-calorie beverage sweetened with sugar) have a stronger effect on obesity than any other beverage as well as any type of solid food.
The researchers tracked the dietary habits of 810 men and women aged 25-79 years old via food logs.
Beverages were divided into 7 categories:
- Sugar-sweetened beverages or SSBs
- diet drinks (diet soda and other diet drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners)
- milk (whole milk, 2% reduced-fat milk, 1% low-fat milk, and skim milk)
- 100% juice (100% fruit and vegetable juice)
- coffee and tea with sugar (sweetened with sugar)
- coffee and tea without sugar (unsweetened or sweetened with artificial sweeteners)
- alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, spirits, and other alcoholic drinks).
At the end of the 18 month long study, researchers found that:
- a reduction in liquid calorie intake was significantly associated with weight loss at both 6 months and 18 months
- the weight-loss effect of a reduction in liquid calorie intake was stronger than that of a reduction in solid calorie intake
- a reduction in sugar-sweetened beverage intake was significantly associated with weight loss at both 6 and 18 months
- no other beverage type was associated with weight change
The first and most successful step to losing weight is eliminating all sugar-sweetened beverages from your diet.
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