Health Tip – May 11 – Does Carbonating Make You Fat?
Can imbibing too many carbonated drinks make you fat? The answer to this persistent rumor isn’t as simple as yes or no. While the fizziness of carbonated drinks is not a direct contributor to weight gain, once you factor in the unhealthy amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners and caffeine that carbonated sodas contain, adding unwanted pounds can most definitely be a side effect of consuming carbonated drinks.
If you crave the fizz, opt for carbonated mineral waters that have no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Add a bit of fruit juice if you want a sweeter taste – you’ll get the carbonation without all the empty calories.