Not all calories are created equal

22 nutrition researchers review the current science on diets

Consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks leads to greater increases in risk factors for cardiometabolic disease compared with equal amounts of energy from starch.

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And these harmful effects persist even when the drinks are consumed within diets that do not result in weight gain. 

In a position paper that reviews the significant challenges involved in conducting and interpreting nutrition research, 22 international nutrition scientists agree that sugary drinks and some types of saturated fat play a more sinister role in

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