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Diet soda

May 28, 2014 — A new study funded by the beverage industry suggests that diet drinks might be more effective than water alone in helping dieters shed pounds. Researchers speculate that soda made people less hungry.
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May 16, 2014 — U.S. sales of sugared and diet sodas have slumped. So soda-makers are trying to win back consumers with new flavors and less sugar. But historically, midcalorie sodas haven't sold very well.
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Jan 17, 2014 — The latest evidence that artificially sweetened drinks may be making us hungrier? Heavier-set people who choose diet beverages are making up the calorie gap at meals and through snacks — especially sweet ones, researchers report.
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Jul 10, 2013 — A body of evidence suggests artificial sweeteners — most often consumed in diet drinks — could raise the risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes. Some researchers think that artificial sugar may confuse the body.
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Oct 24, 2012 — We drink a lot of diet soda in this country, so when researchers disavowed a study linking aspartame to rare cancers just before publication, we took notice. The whole issue illustrates what makes scientific studies so confusing to the public. We'll keep you posted on this.
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Oct 22, 2012 — Preliminary new evidence suggests diet drinks don't increase appetite in the short term — contrary to popular belief — and may help keep weight off down the road. But experts say water is still the best zero-calorie hydration for the body.
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Aug 23, 2012 — Since kids are drinking the same diet sodas their parents do, what does it mean for their health? If a diet soda is just an excuse to get a Big Mac, then it's probably not a healthy habit. Two health experts weigh in.
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Apr 13, 2012 — What diet soda drinkers eat may matter more than what they sip when it comes to long-term health effects, according to new research. This may help explain why some people gain weight when drinking lots of diet soda.
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