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Little Evidence To Support Claim That Low-Cal Soft Drinks Help Weight Management – Report

August 4, 2011: 06:57 PM EST
Reduced sugar soft drinks are grabbing a greater share of the global soft drink market – in 2010, retail sales accounted for 16 percent of retail sales of all carbonated soft drinks, up from 13 percent a few years ago – but are they having a positive impact on the obesity epidemic? Euromonitor International has found contradictory evidence. “A growing body of research is now starting to emerge suggesting that low-calorie, artificially-sweetened carbonates may not be conducive to combating obesity after all,” EI says. For example, a recent meta-analysis of 12 clinical trials failed to show that reducing the intake of standard carbonated drinks lowered the body mass index in the study populations.
Ewa Hudson, "Are Better For You Reduced Sugar Soft Drinks Worsening the Obesity Epidemic?", Euromonitor International, August 04, 2011, © Euromonitor International
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