When it comes to obesity, sugar-sweeten snacks, soft drinks and other low-calorie foods can help cut the risk of obesity, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.
The study included nearly 10,000 people in the U.S. over a 10-year period.
Researchers looked at the use of various sugar-containing snacks and sugar-free snacks and the impact on body weight.
Their results showed that people who used sugar- sweetened snack foods were less likely to be obese compared to people who did not.
They found that for every 2.2 ounces of sugar-enriched foods, people were 3.5 pounds heavier.
People who used low-fat, sugarfree snacks were 3 pounds lighter than those who did the same.
If the people who were eating low-sugar, sugarless snacks were obese, they were not.
For people who ate sugar-laden snacks, there was no difference in their weight.
For the people eating low calorie foods, they weighed about 5 pounds lighter, or about 4 percent of the weight they were previously.
The study also found that people with diabetes who used high-sugars foods, like sugar-laced sodas and low-glycemic-index snacks, were 3 percent less likely than people who didn’t to become obese.
Sugar-sweetening products, which include such items as fruit drinks and energy drinks, have been associated with weight gain, and the American Diabetes Association recently warned against the harmful effects of these types of foods.
The American Heart Association has recommended that people limit the amount of sugar in their diets and that they limit the consumption of sugary drinks.
Read more about weight loss here:Sugar and the risk for diabetesThe authors of the new study say that, even after adjusting for factors, they still found that low-Sugars diets were associated with a higher risk of developing diabetes and other cardiovascular disease.