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Study: Drinking More Water Reduces Sugar, Sodium and Fat Intake

08/03/2016

Study: Drinking More Water Reduces Sugar, Sodium and Fat IntakeWhen you consider that two-thirds of our bodies are comprised of water, it makes sense that drinking enough of it each day is extremely important for our health. But a new study has now discovered that we can control our weight, and reduce our sugar, sodium and saturated fat intake by simply drinking more plain water.

Led by Prof. Ruopeng An, from the University of Illinois, the study used National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2012 information to analyse how water intake affected the health of some 18,300 adults living in the US.

The researchers found that people who increased their water consumption - even by just one to three cups daily - lowered their total energy intake by 68-205 calories and their sodium intake by 78-235g a day. Furthermore, they consumed 5-18g less sugar and 7-21g less cholesterol.

Professor An said: "This finding indicates that it might be sufficient to design and deliver universal nutrition interventions and education campaigns that promote plain water consumption in replacement of beverages with calories in diverse population subgroups without profound concerns about message and strategy customisation."

The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 

So if you're trying to lose weight or improve your overall health, it might be as simple as drinking more water on a day-to-day basis.
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