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Alternative sweeteners in drinks may help with weight and diabetes risk

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:

  • reduced body weight,
  • reduced body mass index,
  • reduced percentage of body fat,
  • reduced fat deposition in the liver, and
  • reduced cardiometabolic risk.

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.”

The findings of the meta-analysis were published in JAMA Network Open. Learn more in a CNN report.

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