Contrary to popular belief, diet drinks and food could trigger weight gain and promote diabetes. The research was carried out at the Yale University in the United States.
In the study, it was shown that the body stops burning energy from food if there is a mismatch in the sweetness and calories. This is due to the confusion that it causes to the brain. The brain is known to recognize sweetness as a signal for energy. Therefore a mismatch, which is usually found in diet food and drinks, causes a problem.
“When sweet taste and energy are not matched less energy is metabolized and weaker, or inaccurate, signals are sent to the brain. Either one of these effects may affect metabolic health.” the study noted.