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Diet drinks and food actually trigger weight gain and diabetes, says new study (telegraph.co.uk)
46 points by remir 37 days ago | hide | past | web | 10 comments | favorite

So the article is saying if you drink diet soda, and suddenly your body wonders where the calories are, your body may be thrown for a loop. I will say that if I'm just looking for something to drink, if I drink a diet soda vs water, I'm more likely to get a snack in a few minutes.

But what about if you're eating a meal, and you have a diet soda with it. There's still plenty of calories to burn. Does that mean your body may be burning them faster, because they think they should be consuming food + sugary drink? Is there some kind of mismatch problem in this case?

I find it somewhat hard to believe that based on taste my body can determine how many calories it has to process. There's residual taste in the mouth after you swallow, you can eat at different rates, etc. There is a taste satiety (oh, no more rich food/salty food/sugary food) which comes into play, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're full. If anything this can be proven by the fact that you can eat too much before your body registers that you're full, which takes a few minutes.

The article seems to be poorly written. It just appears to say diet sodas do not trigger normal caloric intake responses in the brain but really why would they? The drinks themselves have 0 calories, there is nothing to metabolize.

Yes, it is poorly written. But the idea is that you wouldn't properly metabolize whatever you're eating with the drink. Or whatever is floating in your bloodstream when you're drinking.

The article doesn't seem to indicate that though? It only mentions the brains response to sugary and diet drinks. Any inferred response in how the body performs alongside food seems to be at best a guess (at least from the article itself and not from the paper).

This study might be a better source, but I am no expert in biology.


This has a laymen's explanation https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/10/16125654/st...

Still a bit confused.

Regarding beverages, there was a fairly comprehensive study specifically identifying carbonation as the strongest factor in increased caloric consumption.


Hasn't this been being published for 10 or more years now?

Trump was right all along.

What is that a reference to?

He tweeted "I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke."

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