We all know that there are some good calories and some bad ones. But in the bad category also there are variations as well.
While calories from sweet food have the possibility to increase the risk of obesity and other cardiometabolic diseases, twenty-two nutrition researchers have found that sugar-sweetened beverages play a special role in chronic health problems. The disease chances increase even when the beverages are taken within diets that don’t result in weight gain.
According to the University of California, Davis, sugar-sweetened beverages play a special role in chronic health problems that can turn your life upside down.
The study provided a substantial review of the current science on diets that could lead to cardiovascular disease, obesity, and Type II diabetes.
“What’s new is that this is an impressive group of scientists with vast experience in nutrition and metabolism agreeing with the conclusion that sugar-sweetened beverages increase cardiometabolic risk factors compared to equal amounts of starch,” told lead author Kimber Stanhope.
Another striking point of agreement among researchers was the role of the sugar substitute -aspartame.
The authors agreed that aspartame does not promote obesity or weight gain in adults. Stanhope also told that this might come as a surprise to a lot of people.
“If you go on the internet and look up aspartame, the layperson would be convinced that aspartame is going to make them fat, but it’s not,” told Stanhope. “The long and short of it is that no human studies on non-caloric sweeteners show weight gain.”
The authors also concurred that the intake of polyunsaturated (n-6) fats, such as those found in some seeds, vegetable oils, and nuts, lowers the disease risk when compared with the equal amounts of saturated fats.
But, that conclusion comes with a warning. Dairy foods such as yogurt and cheese, which can be high in saturated fats, have been linked with reduced cardiometabolic risk.
The paper studied the significant challenges involved in the conducting and interpreting nutrition research.
“We have a long way to go to get precise answers on a lot of different nutrition issues,” told Stanhope. “However, we all agree that the healthy diet pattern consisting of minimally processed whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats promotes health compared with the refined and palatable typical Western diet pattern.”
The study appeared in the journal Obesity Reviews.