Thursday, August 09, 2007

Coffee Anyone?

Memo to Self: Lose the Diet Soda

Not a surprise, but still a disappointment: Do Diet Foods Lead to Weight Gain?

Well yes, says this Time article:

If you think you're cutting calories by eating diet or low-calorie versions of your favorite foods, think again. A new study by Canadian scientists published in the journal Obesity suggests that our bodies can't be fooled that easily.

Other studies reported in the same article say:

Two years ago, scientists at the University of Texas reported in an eight-year study that for every can of diet soda that a person drank, he raised his risk of being overweight by 41%, compared to a 30% increase in drinkers of regular, sugared drinks. Earlier this year, another study of diet-soda drinkers came to a similar conclusion, this time about metabolic syndrome, the dangerous constellation of risk factors, such as obesity, high cholesterol and insulin resistance, that increases the likelihood of heart disease. In this report, part of the 60-year-old Framingham Heart Study, researchers found that soda drinkers, regardless of whether they consumed diet or regular beverages, had a 48% higher risk of metabolic syndrome than non-soda drinkers.

UPDATE: ... for every can of diet soda that a person drank, he raised his risk of being overweight by 41% . . .

Ouch! It seems that I raised my risk of being overweight by 41,000,000%! No wonder I'm fat.