Let's face it. If there's a nutritional bad-boy, it's sugar. We don't need sugar in our diets. Though it does taste good. I mean what beats cotton candy on a nice sunny day at the carnival? Well unfortunately if your goal is to get fat, then by all means go for the donuts and bagel diet. The science is seriously fat my friend. A recent study found that drinking for sugar sweetened carbonated beverages (SSCB) is associated with poor dietary choices and correlates with fatter waistlines.1 And in addition to weight gain, higher consumption of SSCB is associated with development of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.2 The solution? Avoid sugar sweetened drinks. As a general rule, don't drink your calories. What about sweeteners such as stevia? Based on some pretty robust science, the evaluation of two long-term studies (1 and 2 years in length, respectively) indicated that stevia may be effective in lowering blood pressure in hypertensive patients. A pair of small studies also report positive results with respect to glucose metabolism. 3 Stevia is a great sweetener and is the one used in VPX's Coco Fit. Why? Because we care about your body and want to fine-tune it, not fat-tune it. Click here to learn more about Coco Fit.
- Collison KS, Zaidi MZ, Subhani SN, Al-Rubeaan K, Shoukri M, Al-Mohanna FA. Sugar-sweetened carbonated beverage consumption correlates with BMI, waist circumference, and poor dietary choices in school children. BMC Public Health.10:234. 2010.
- Malik VS, Popkin BM, Bray GA, Despres JP, Willett WC, Hu FB. Sugar-sweetened beverages and risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis. Diabetes Care. Nov;33(11):2477-2483. 2010.
- Ulbricht C, Isaac R, Milkin T, et al. An evidence-based systematic review of stevia by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration. Cardiovasc Hematol Agents Med Chem. Apr;8(2):113-127. 2010