There are dietary benefits to drinking more water


2017-01-02 07:46

Researchers say there are many dietary benefits associated with drinking more water.

Water is a great tasting, low calorie and healthy drink. Drinking more fresh water and less sugary drinks has health benefits.

Drinking water helps control weight, and lower sugar, sodium and saturated fat consumption

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports there are many dietary benefits associated with drinking more water. Drinking plain fresh water offers a good way for people to control their weight, and lower sugar, sodium and saturated fat consumption.

Researchers examined the diets of greater than 18,300 adults for this study. It was determined that most of the people who increased how much plain water they consumed by just 1 percent lowered their total daily calorie consumption and their intake of sugar, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. This drinking water came from tap water or from a bottle, cooler or drinking fountain.

The total energy intake of people who drank one, two or three cups more water daily was decreased by 68 to 205 calories a day. These people also lowered their sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams. Sugar consumption was lowered by 5 grams to 18 grams daily and cholesterol consumption was lowered by 7 to 21 milligrams a day. This was reported in a paper written by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An.

It may be possible to actually design and deliver positive nutrition interventions and education campaigns which are universal in nature to promote consumption of plain water

Professor An said there were similar findings of the impact of plain water consumption on diet across race/ethnicity, income and education levels and the body weight status of people. It has therefore been implied it may be possible to
actually design and deliver positive nutrition interventions and education campaigns which are universal in nature to promote consumption of plain water to replace beverages which have calories.

Beverages such as coffee, herbal tea and unsweetened black tea were not counted as sources of plain water for this study. However, Professor An counted the water content of these beverages in his calculations of the total dietary water consumption of participants.

There was an association of an 8.6 lower calorie intake along with slightly lower intake of sugar sweetened beverages and discretionary foods such as desserts, pastries and mixes of snacks associated with a 1 percent increase in the daily consumption of plain water by participants. There was also a decreased intake of sugar, fat and cholesterol.

This study has been published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers investigated consumption of plain water as it relates to intake of energy and quality of diet in adults in the United States. It was determined the promotion of drinking plain water may be a useful public health strategy for lowering energy and targeted nutrient intake in adults. There appears to be many health benefits associated with drinking more plain water.

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