OH HELL NO. Research concludes that sugar-free soft drinks could be as harmful to your diet as the ‘full-fat’ versions. In fact, diet drinks, could actually lead to you consuming more calories, as they stimulate your sweet taste buds.
Anyone who’s done Slimming World will know how that one can of Diet Coke can get you through a long, hard, chocolate-free day – but now this new piece of research has come along to put a dampener on your little treat. According to a team of experts, diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners won’t help you stay slim and previous research claiming they will has actually been affected by studies sponsored by soft drinks companies themselves.
The lack of solid evidence on the health effects of diet drinks and the potential influence of bias from industry funded studies should be taken seriously when discussing whether they are adequate alternatives to sugar-sweetened drinks. A common perception, which may be influenced by industry marketing, is that because ‘diet’ drinks have no sugar, they must be healthier and aid weight loss when used as a substitute for full sugar versions. However, no solid evidence has been found to support this.
Now, we don’t recommend that you switch to the full-sugar versions of your favourites, either. If you want to stick to your health resolution, it’s best to opt for a fun glass of water.