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Despite the fact that diet soda has zero calories, the findings show that diet soft drinks have been previously linked with poor health outcomes in children, such as weight gain and high blood pressure. In terms of theories explaining the association between soft-drink consumption and the metabolic syndrome risk, There are no definitive answers yet.

"Individuals who drink soda tend to have a greater intake of calories, they consume more saturated and trans fats, they consume less fiber and dairy products and have a more sedentary lifestyle," "We adjusted for a number of these variables, but even after the adjustment, there was a significant association that was evident. It makes the case that maybe you can't fully adjust for lifestyle factors, and it might be a lifestyle/dietary background thing driving this."

In addition, diet soda might also induce a conditioning response in which the soft drinks promote a dietary preference for sweeter foods. Also, because diet soda is liquid, this has the effect of individuals eating more at the next meal, mainly because liquids are not as satiating. And finally, the brown caramel in soda has been linked with tissue damage and inflammation, which might contribute to the increased risk. All of these theories, however, are debated in literature.

"Clearly, these findings are sufficiently intriguing that scientists now have to help us understand better why we see this association,"  "We are not inferring causality from this analysis. It is just an association, so we need to turn to the scientists who are better positioned to help us understand the association more."


Submitted by DMorgan on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 11:45am.