Just by replacing a little calorie-laden sugary drink with water, you could reduce body weight as well as make your health better, says a study.
The findings proved that consuming extra amount of calories from sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee can speed up the risk of weight gain and obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Kiyah J. Duffey from Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg in US explains, “Regardless of how many servings of sugar-sweetened beverages you consume, replacing even just one serving can be of benefit.”
Swapping one 8-ounce of sugar-sweetened drink with an 8-ounce serving of water could make you reduce daily intake of calories and the commonness of obesity in populations who consume these sweetened drinks.
Duffey said: “We found that people who consume one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages per day, replacing that drink with water lowered the per cent of calories coming from drinks from 17 to 11 per cent.”
Moreover, the researchers said in the paper that was published in the journal ‘Nutrients’, those who consumed more sugary drinks per day could still have the advantages from water replacement, shedding immense of calories that comes from beverages, to less than 25 per cent of their day-to-day calorie intake.
According to a 2015 review study, higher calorie drinks, such as sweetened soda and high-fat milk, have been associated with diets rich in red and processed meats, refined grains, sweets, and starch.
Lower-calorie drinks, such as water and unsweetened coffee and tea, were linked with substitute diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and poultry.
“Diet drinks are also healthier alternatives to sugary drinks,” explained Duffey. But other research has proved that people who drink water over low-calorie substitute, still tend to consume more fruits and vegetables and are said to have lowered blood sugar plus they are being hydrated as well.
-Inputs from IANS