People who want to reduce their calories and improve their weight should consider drinking more water, says a new study. Researchers at the University of Illinois in the US found that drinking more plain water was the best diet drink around. The study showed that boosting the water intake by just one percent in adults, had the added benefit of also slightly cutting down on their daily consumption of sugar, salt, saturated fat and cholesterol.
The impact of plain water intake on diet was found to be similar across race/ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status. In a government-led study involving 18,000 adults, researchers calculated the amount of water each person drank each day as a percentage of their dietary water intake from food and beverages combined. Tea and coffee were included in the participants' total dietary water intake but were not considered plain water.
On average, participants consumed a little more than four cups of plain water on a daily basis. However, the study found that those who added one, two or three cups of plain water daily consumed 68 to 205 fewer calories a day. Their sodium intake also fell by 78 to 235 grams.
Sugar consumption was also lower among those who drank more water. Their sugar intake fell from 5 grams to nearly 18 grams and their daily cholesterol intake dropped up to 21 grams, according to the study.