Diet soda and other artificially sweetened products may cause people to eat and drink even more calories and increase their risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study (video below).
According to CBC News, researchers in France followed the drinking habits of 66,000 women for 14 years and reported that both regular and diet soda increasde the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but the risk was higher among diet drinkers, who had a 15 percent higher rate of consumption.
Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers said the women's age and body size were taken into account, but eating habits may have changed over time and factors besides drinking artificially sweetened drinks couldn't be ruled out.
Researcher Dana Small, who specializes in the neuropsychology at Yale University, told CBC News. "It's no longer going to release insulin when it senses sweet because sweet now is not such a good predictor of the arrival of energy."
Susan Swithers, a psychology professor at Purdue University, added: "Exposure to high-intensity sweeteners could change the way that sweet tastes are processed. A number of epidemiological studies show that people who do consume high intensity sweeteners show differences in metabolic responses, have an increased risk for things like Type 2 diabetes and also have an increased risk for overweight and obesity."
"They might actually have to read labels, pay attention to how many calories are in things because they've lost this easy process."
Source: CBC News