For people who are at risk for or have diabetes, drinks sweetened without sugar may help with overall sugar intake, according to a new study.
The researchers wanted to know, “Are low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages (LNCSBs) as the intended substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) associated with improved body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors similar to water replacement?”
To answer this question, they did a systematic review and meta-analysis of 17 randomized clinical trials and found that LNCSBs as a substitute for SSBs were associated with:
The investigators said these benefits “were similar to those of water, the standard-of-care substitution.”
The findings of this study suggested that “over the moderate term, LNCSBs are a viable alternative to water as a replacement strategy in adults with overweight or obesity who are at risk for or have diabetes.”
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