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Sticking to your weight loss resolution this new year?

People who consume low-calorie sweeteners have healthier diets and are more likely to exercise, according to a recent study from the University of Washington.

FT. WASHINGTON, Pa., -- Determined to keep your New Year resolution this year and lose that extra weight?  Consider adding low-calorie sweeteners to your daily routine.

A new study from the University of Washington suggests that people who use low-calorie sweeteners have better diets and exercise more than people who don't use them.

Researchers examined a decade of data (1999-2008) on more than 22,000 people who had participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  The Survey is conducted every two years by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to determine how people consume foods and drinks made with no, low and reduced-calorie sweeteners.

The diet quality of the Survey participants was measured using the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assess how people comply with dietary recommendations.  Physical activity, as well as other health behaviors such as tobacco and alcohol use, were self-reported by participants.

Researchers said the study uses Federal measures of diet quality to counter interpretations of past research that low-calorie sweeteners may confuse the body, contribute to weight gain or promote lower quality diets overall.  "The present analyses do not support that interpretation," they conclude. (SOURCE: Splenda)

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