New study reignites debate on value of diet soda

Joyce Lupiani

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New study reignites debate on value of diet soda

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED May 27, 2014

A new study says diet soda drinkers may be on the right track.

According to the results, researchers at University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center found that dieters who drank diet soda lost an average of four pounds more than those who gave up soda completely.

The study was funded by the American Beverage Association, a trade group that includes Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

The results of the study were published in a journal titled "Obesity."

According to CNN, a group of 300 adults participated in the study. The group that was banned from drinking diet soda lost an average of nine pounds in 12 weeks. The group that was allowed to drink soda lost an average of 13 pounds in the same time period.

All of the participants followed the same behavioral weight loss treatment program during the study.

Experts say this happened becaue it is easier to diet when a person does not feel deprived.

The results of the new study are igniting the debate about the value of diet sodas once again.

Previous studies, such as one in 2012, said that people who drank two or more diet sodas daily gained more inches around their waist.

Another study earlier this year in the American Journal of Public Health said the consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as the ones found in diet sodas, prompt people to consume more calories overall, which leads to weight gain.