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Diet and soft drinks, diet variants are the culprit obesity

  1. To make drinking the required amount of fluids more attractive for humans, soft drinks have been introduced. Soft drinks are fruit drinks and carbonated drinks, such as: cola, orange, bitter lemon, cassis and 7-Up. These soft drinks contain a lot of sugars and are therefore very high in calories. Drinking soft drinks is therefore seen as one of the biggest culprits of obesity. As a replacement for soft drinks, people often opt for a diet soft drink during a diet. However, scientific research shows that by drinking a light version, the risk of overweight can increase even more.


  1. The name soft drink was introduced in 1956 by advertiser Dick Schiferli. Dick Schiferli came up with this name for the developed carbonated lemonade. According to the Dutch Commodities Act, non-carbonated lemonades, sports drinks and energy drinks are also counted as soft drinks. People often think of soft drinks as carbonated drinks.


  1. Soft drinks have become very popular drinks for many people. However, scientific research has shown that carbonated soft drinks are also one of the biggest culprits of the global increase in obesity. A can of cola, for example, contains about 7 lumps of sugar. Due to this sugar, the carbonated soft drink is very high in calories and therefore increases the risk of obesity for the drinker.

Calories soft drinks

  1. Soft drinks contain sugars and these sugars provide the number of measurable calories in the soft drink.

Diet soda increases risk of obesity

  1. The overview shows that diet soda contains much fewer calories. Instead of sugar, sweeteners are used in the diet soda. Due to the use of sweeteners instead of sugars, diet soft drinks contain far fewer calories than the regular varieties. The first diet soft drinks have been around since 1952. Initially, these diet soft drinks were mainly consumed by diabetes patients. Over the years, however, diet soft drinks are mainly consumed by the drinkers with the intention of avoiding obesity. Scientific research shows that the opposite can be achieved. For example, a scientific study from the University of Texas has shown that drinking more than 2 cans, bottles or glasses of diet soda increases the risk of obesity by 57.1%. In the study, the scientific researchers have made a comparison between drinking regular soft drinks and diet soft drinks. What causes the increased risk of obesity when drinking diet soda has not yet become clear. Various explanations are still being made. These statements cannot be scientifically substantiated yet.

Possible theory

  1. A possible theory could be that the sweetness of the sweeteners, when drinking a diet soda, sends a signal to the digestion. The nutritional signal of the high calorie value provides the wrong signal in the body. If it turns out that no sweets are coming, the human body would be amazed and the hunger for food would be enhanced.

Which drinks can you drink during a diet?

  1. If one is on a diet or wants to eat healthy and also want to watch his or her weight, then one should pay particular attention to the correct drink intake. Especially by drinking soft drinks, the risk of overweight seems to increase sharply. The question is therefore: “what can one drink while following a diet”?

List of recommended drinks

  1. Water Tea without sugar or sweetener (especially green and white tea) Homemade ice tea without sugar or sweeteners Lemonade syrup (add a few drops to the water) Glass of pure tomato juice Roosvicee 50/50 (a wonderful treat for the weekend)

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