Soda Artificially sweetened drinks are being blamed — again — for sabotaging diets in a new US study that found diet soda could lead to increased food intake.

After looking at national consumption patterns of diet beverages and calorie intake, researchers from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concluded that overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages consume more calories from food than obese adults who drink regular sodas and other sugary beverages.

The results come as consumption rates of diet soda in the US have seen a dramatic spike over the last few decades, with three percent of the population consuming diet drinks in 1965, up to 20% today, authors note.

Data was compiled from national health surveys conducted between 1999 to 2010. The results were published in The American Journal of Public Health last week.

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