Does diet soda actually help you lose weight? Study says it may not

Does diet soda actually help you lose weight? Study says it may not

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM EDT

Are you a diet soda drinker?

If so, you will want to pay attention to this. A study from Purdue University released this week says that diet beverages and other non-caloric, artificially sweetened foods and drinks may not be the healthy choice to manage weight that they appear.

According to the news release from Purdue:

"Public health officials are rightfully concerned about the consequences of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, but these warnings may need to be expanded to advocate limiting the intake of all sweeteners, including no-calorie sweeteners and so-called diet soft drinks," said Susan E. Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist. "Although it seems like common sense that diet sodas would not be problematic, that doesn't appear to be the case. Findings from a variety of studies show that routine consumption of diet sodas, even one per day, can be connected to higher likelihood of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure, in addition to contributing to weight gain."

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