No influence of calorie-free drinks on total daily energy intake compared to sugar-sweetened drinks, recent study says
Worldwide, the incidence of obesity is increasing dramatically having more than doubled since 1980 . Because obesity is associated with an array of metabolic pathologies, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and even some cancers, identifying strategies that help regulate body weight is imperative.
Substituting nutritive sweeteners by non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS), including artificial and natural NNS, may have potential in facilitating weight control [2-4]. By preserving palatability despite having fewer calories than sugar, NNS could help to lower the energy density of beverages and foods, resulting in a lower total energy intake. However, recurring arguments indicate that NNS increase the appetite for sweet foods, promote overeating, and may even lead to weight gain[5-7]. In light of that, numerous studies in the past two decades have been performed to address these issues, with the overall question remaining: Do NNS help to reduce body weight?