Researchers from the University of Colorado and Temple University conducting a study on weight loss had one group drink only water and permitted the other group to drink diet soft drinks. They found that the diet-soda drinkers were crowned the biggest losers. While the water-only group lost, on average, 9 pounds, those who guzzled diet sodas and teas lost roughly 13.
Critics abound. They claim 12 weeks for a diet study is too short and that the study was funded by the American Beverage Association.
The authors of the study say they plan to keep it going for a year, and they vehemently deny accusations that the beverage industry influenced their work.
It's hard to know what to believe, but in the scheme of things, this diet study is small potatoes.