Children who drink diet drinks ‘end up eating more calories elsewhere’

Children who drink diet drinks ‘end up eating more calories elsewhere’
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Diet fizzy drinks won’t keep children’s weight down because they just end up eating more, research has found.

Although the drinks are designed to be healthier by cutting out sugar, children who choose them eat sugar in other things to make up the difference.

Researchers looked at the diets of more than 7,000 children in the US and found only those who mostly drank water consumed fewer calories.

Soft drinks, whether diet or not, bumped up children’s calorie counts – while full sugar drinks had a worse effect, diet drinks were still noticeably worse than water.

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