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Sweetened drinks recommended in obesity treatment

25th August 2009

Sugar-free drinks containing low-calorie sweeteners could help in obesity treatment, according to a new study.

Undertaken by the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington, the research found that the drinks increased dietary restraint, which is one of the key factors in the battle to lose or maintain weight.

Dr Drewnowski, director at the facility, said that such drinks can only be used in addition to other “tools” such as exercise and portion control.

“Low-calorie sweeteners and reduced-calorie products are not magic bullets, which means using these products will not result in automatic weight loss,” he explained.

Reducing fat intake and consuming fat- and sugar-modified foods as aids to maintaining weight loss were other measures recommended by the researchers involved in compiling the paper.

The Center for Public Health Nutrition was founded in 2002 to combat health issues such as obesity.

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