"What didn't surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity," Fowler tells WebMD. "What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher."
In fact, when the researchers took a closer look at their data, they found that nearly all the obesity risk from soft drinks came from diet sodas.
So how can this be?! Check out the following from this article:
Sugar substitutes may offer sweet treats for calorie-conscious dieters, but a new study shows that they may also play tricks on the body and sabotage weight-loss efforts.
Researchers say artificial sweeteners may interfere with the body's natural ability to count calories based on a food's sweetness and make people prone to overindulging in other sweet foods and beverages.
This article, written in 2004, goes on to say you may not need to ditch your diet soda just yet. Well, from further research it now seems we do need to ditch our diet sodas right now! I do like the term they use "liquid candy". Perhaps if we started looking at the things we put into our body a little more carefully and realistically, we'd be a healthier people. So often we are more careful about the quality of the fuel we are putting into our cars than the food we take into our own bodies.