A recent study shows why
so-called "light" sodas do not make you lose weight. On the contrary.
In question: Sweeteners, incorporated in these drinks to replace sugar.
Why do "light"
aspartame drinks make you fat?
Drinking a "light" drink, if it can give us a good conscience, does
not keep us on the line. Conversely, a study recently published by
Obesity Facts (a review of the European Association for the Study
of Obesity) shows that the consumption of this type of drink can lead
to overweight, or even obesity.
Brands that market this
kind of drinks play on a scientifically proven fact: sugar makes you fat.
By proposing sugar-free sodas, the consumer is necessarily saying that
it is good for his health. It's wrong.
First, because sugar is replaced by sweeteners. Aspartame, sucralose,
or others. And it's more caloric. An average of 114 kilocalories per drink
per day for lean drinkers, according to researchers in the study.
Even More Like Sugar
Another hypothesis put forward by researchers is that sweeteners
increase the feeling of hunger. The consumer would therefore crave more
sugar or fat by consuming "light" drinks. He would nibble more.
The microbiota, or the intestinal flora, would also be disturbed
by these sodas. Consequence: Diabetes would be favored and would appear
more easily than with normal sugar consumption.
Public health Issue
Behind all this, of course, is a public health issue, in our time
when overweight and obesity are increasing. In France, the deputies adopted
this autumn a new version of
the "tax soda" , intended to reduce the sugar level in drinks.
But also the rate of sweeteners. The manufacturers will therefore
pay a tax based on the added sugars that their drinks contain.