Low calorie drinks can make you PILE ON THE POUNDS

Low calorie drinks can make you PILE ON THE POUNDS

Low calorie drinks can make you PILE ON THE POUNDS

When a drink is too sweet for the calories it contains, the brain becomes confused, Expressdigest.com reported. When it does not happen, the brain confuses it for lesser calories to burn.

They found when there was a "mismatch" between sweetness and calories - as is often the case with diet drinks or foods because they are not as sugary - the calories fail to trigger the body's metabolism. "Calories are only half of the equation; sweet taste perception is the other half".

"When sweet taste and energy are not matched, less energy is metabolised and inaccurate signals go to the brain".

However, a new research study indicates that these benefits may just be theoretical since artificial sweeteners may actually increase the risk of diabetes and weight gain.

Senior author of the study, which has been published in the journal Current Biology, Professor Dana Small said: "A calorie is not a calorie".

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Primary funding for the study was provided by the National Institutes of Health and PepsiCo. Another reason is that they come with the promise of zero calories, making them quite attractive to weight loss fanatics.

Professor Small said, "Our bodies evolved to efficiently use the energy sources available in nature. Either may affect metabolic health".

In the new study, brains of 15 participants, when they drank diet drinks were scanned and were then compared with regular beverages.

Batch with diet soft drink consumption resulted in eating more as their brain did not register calorie count. During ingestion, these calories will not get properly digested, and so, they are stored or processed later, interfering with metabolism and leading to weight gain.

Diet drinks and meals could cause people to put on weight and trigger diabetes even when they are low-calorie. He commented that the findings of the study are not supported by observational proof on long-term consumers of artificial sweeteners. He argues that artificial sweeteners can not cause weight gain.

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