A cup of fruit juice offers vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, but if you’re watching your weight, whole fruits are smarter choices. They contain more fiber, which helps you feel full, and fewer calories. For example, one medium orange has 62 calories and 3 grams of fiber.
A new study recently published in the journal Obesity provides further evidence that low-calorie sweetened beverages can be useful for people who want to achieve and maintain a lower weight.
A team of researchers recently collected new data from 434 participants in the landmark National Weight Control Registry. These are people who have successfully achieved and maintained a loss of 30 pounds or more for more than a year — something that makes them successful outliers in the realm of obesity studies. The researchers wanted to see what, if any, role low and no calorie sweetened beverages played in the diet of these successful weight loss maintainers.
A recent study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Obesity, found that participants who consumed artificially sweetened beverages on a reduced calorie diet were just as successful at losing weight in 12 weeks as a group that drank only water. (1) In fact, the diet drink group lost an average of 12 pounds compared to 9 pounds in the water group. Conducted by well-respected obesity researchers from the University of Colorado and Temple University, the study was funded through an unrestricted grant from the American Beverage Association (ABA).
So what did the media headlines herald? “Diet soda helps weight loss, industry-funded study finds,” “Industry-funded study implies diet soda is superior to water for weight loss” and “Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?” The reader is left with the impression that the study results are questionable because it was funded by the beverage industry and that drinking diet sodas is better than drinking water. Let’s take a closer look at both of these ideas. (more…)
This chilled soup is very refreshing and simple to prepare. Perfect for those sweltering summer days when the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or a burner. The soup is naturally vegan and gluten-free!
For a full meal, serve with a salad like this TexMex Cobb and spice things up by adding a dash of cayenne pepper to the soup. Or bring out the sweetness by pairing the gazpacho with this Strawberry Avocado Salad.
Tell me in the comments: What’s your favorite no-cook summer meal?