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Diet soda: How it impacts our eating habits

May 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Many people turn to diet sodas when they are trying to lose weight. After all, it seems to make sense that a diet soda would have fewer calories than regular soda.

However, according to her report from the George Washington University School of Public Health, kids who favor diet sodas over sugary ones don't consume fewer calories over the course of the day.

In fact they average 200 more calories than those children who choose water. The report is in the Journal of Pediatric Obesity.

The report implies that those who drink diet soda may be more likely to consume larger amounts of high calorie foods throughout the day, while those to drink water are actually more concerned about their intake.

A recent Penn State study has also shown that one and in five American teens don't drink water at all throughout the course of the day.