Dieting has become America’s pastime, with about 45 million dieters looking to shed the pounds by spending a total of $33 billion on weight loss products every year. Yet, the weight loss market is filled with companies falsely advertising products as “diet foods,” or healthy alternatives to trim the fat. Evoke’s infographic shows how food labels with the words “diet,” “low-fat,” “gluten-free,” “low-calorie,” and “high-fiber” can masquerade as healthy, if dieters don’t read the nutrition label and ingredients list.
Drinks that have the word “diet” on the label can do more harm than good when it comes to losing weight. Table sugar is often replaced with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which ranks 200 hundred times sweeter. These drinks can alter the receptors for sweetness in the brain, and prolong rather than satisfy sugar cravings. Drinking diet soft drinks on a daily basis can also increase risk for metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes. On the other hand, drinking a serving of diet soda with water three times a day before meals can lead to weight reduction.
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