A very interesting story was reported recently by
A report was made at the annual scientific session of the American Diabetic Association () by Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, of the University Of Texas Health Science Center School Of Medicine in San Antonio, Texas.
Fowler collected data on over 1,500 people aged 25 to 64 over nearly an eight-year period. At the opening of the study, 622 people were of normal weight. Over the course of the study, roughly one-third of them becameor obese. A correlation was found between increased soda consumption and the risk of becoming overweight or obese.
This in itself is not surprising to most people. However, what is surprising is that regular soda drinkers have higher risks of food than soda water. Here are the numbers:
Fetching overweight or fat for regular soft-drink consumers:
26% for up to 1/2 can each day.
30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day.
32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day.
47.2% for more than 2 cans each day.
Threat of charming overweight or fat for diet soft-drinkers:
36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day.
37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day.
54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day.
57.1% for more than 2 cans each day.
Consumers increase the risk of overweight or obese increases by 41% per day. With that said, there is a saying among statisticians that goes like this: “Correlation does not mean causation.”
What this means is that simply finding a statistically significant correlation between A and B does not mean that A causes B. It is also very similar in the choice of weight lifting scenarios that the same lifestyle choices or decision-making patterns in food soda consumers may be. If you are old enough to recall the late ’80’s or early ’90’s, you may remember when a correlation was discovered between oat bran consumption and lower cholesterol. Once the relationship hit the press, it was several years before it could be reported that consuming oat bran could actually help to lower cholesterol in the blood.
The original assumption was that those consumers who were “likely” to consume foods containing oat bran would also be more likely to live a lifestyle that would result in lower blood cholesterol.
A similar phenomenon could be taking place with themetric as well — but then, maybe not. Recalling a scene from Alice in Wonderland where Alice is offered tea and then offended because she is given none, Fowler posits that the body may be enticed into thoughtful that a high calorie beverage is being expended (because of the sweetness of the diet soda) only to find none. In support of this idea, Fowler mentions a recent study in which rats fed artificial sweetener craved calories to a greater degree than their sugar-fed brethren.
So what is a diet soda drinker to do? Well, the simplest thing to do is to stop drinking diet soda. In fact, stop drinking soda altogether. The next thing to do is to contemplate your lifestyle. Consider your caloric intake and whether you tend to justify consuming things you should leave alone. Are you active enough to burn the calories you consume? Research that provides results that cause us to ponder our own lifestyles is invaluable.
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