While people may be focusing on the amount of food they eat when they are trying to lose weight, liquid intake can also be just as important, aside from knowing what and what not to drink, having your daily fill of water is also essential to having a better diet. Drinking water not only helps keep you hydrated, it can also provide certain benefits to your diet, as one recent study seem to indicate.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have analyzed the data from a health study and discovered that drinking water may also offer benefits such as reduced daily total calorie intake as well as reduced sugar, cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat intake.
The study looked into the dietary habits of more than 18,300 adults in the US. They found out that increasing water consumption by one to three cups daily also decreased their energy intake by 68 to 205 calories. Increased water consumption also reduced sodium intake by 78 to 235mg. Participants in the study who increased their water intake also consumed 5 to 18 grams of less of sugar and cholesterol by 7 to21 mg.
According to Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois and author of the said study, “The impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race/ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status,” 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 customization.”
Source: Science Daily