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Children, Teens Who Drink Low-Calorie Sweetened Drinks Do Not Cut Calories

The U.S. teens and children who intake zero-calorie or low-calorie sweetened beverages absorbed about 200 additional calories on a given day in comparison to those who drank water, and they absorbed the same number of calories as adults who consumed sugary drinks, according to a study. Allison C. Sylvetsky—Assistant Professor at the GWU (George Washington University)—said, “These findings challenge the efficacy of diet or low-calorie sweetened drinks when it comes to reducing calories and weight management. Our results suggest that water must be recommended as the most excellent choice for kids and teens.”

A past study by Sylvetsky and his colleagues discovered that teens and children frequently devour low-calorie sweeteners, in diet sodas and in a variety of reduced calorie sports drinks and juice, plus food and snack items. The 2017 research discovered the intake of low-calorie sweeteners climbed by 200% in teens and children from 1999 to 2012. Yet in spite of the rise in their fame scientists still, do not know how these sweeteners impact total energy intake or if they are useful for weight management as they are planned to be.

On a similar note, recently, a study showed that not drinking water might increase kids’ consumption of sugary beverages. Kids and young adults who have no water through the day might intake twice the amount of calories from the sugary drinks compared to those who drink water, as per to Penn State scientists. Asher Rosinger—Assistant Professor of Bio-behavioral Health—said the results underscore the significance of kids having free access to clean water. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. Rosinger said, “Kids must consume water every day and the first drink option for kids must be water. As if they are not drinking water, they are possibly going to substitute it with other drinks, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, which are unhealthy and have more calories.”