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Soda Consumption Linked to Weight Gain

Brian Turner

Posted on May 06 2016

Drinking high-sugar soft drinks may cause weight gain, according to a study led by Sarah Bundrick from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Phoenix, Arizona. The researchers studied more than 200 obese men and women who self-selected food from vending machines during a three-day period. People who drank more soda tended to be younger, ate more high-sugar foods and consumed more daily calories. Total caloric intake was not related to change in weight or blood sugar regulation over time. However, energy from soft drinks was related to weight gain. Consuming high-sugar soft drinks is a marker of excess caloric intake and weight gain.


(Journal Academy Nutrition Dietetics, 114:444-449, 2014)