LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A published study in a medical journal confirmed what everyone who has ever waited in a fast food restaurant line has thought at least once – what’s the point of ordering a diet soda with your double bacon cheeseburger and large fries?
According to a study published in the “Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,” such meals are discretionary foods – energy dense, but typically low in nutrient value but high in sugar, sodium, fats and cholesterol.READ MORE: Trio Of 55-Gallon Drums Found Leaking Motor Oil In Redlands Citrus Grove
Alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages were associated with the largest increase in daily total calorie intake. And while coffee and diet beverages were associated with lower overall caloric intake, these drinks were also associated with more empty calories — think pastries with coffee, or cheeseburgers and fries with diet soda.READ MORE: LA Facing $550M Revenue Shortfall On Sharp Declines In Transient, Parking Occupancy Taxes
The incremental daily calorie intake from discretionary foods associated with diet drinks was highest in obese adults, according to the study.
Researchers concluded that healthy eating interventions should assess a person’s beverage consumption in the context of overall dietary behavior.MORE NEWS: Irv Cross, Former Rams Player And Broadcast Pioneer, Dies At 81
The study examined a nationally representative sample of 22,513 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Survey 2003 to 2013.