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    Women consumed 10% more calories, men 26% more, when served 18 oz vs 12 oz drink

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    Friday, June 08, 2007 1:17 am Email this article
    When men and women were served a larger beverage at lunch, they consumed more calories from the beverage without reducing their food intake according to a recent study from researchers at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. Calorie Intake from the Beverage

    Calorie intake from the beverage increased 10% for women, 26% for men

    Women consumed 10 percent more calories from the beverage when they were served an 18 ounce beverage with lunch as opposed to a 12 ounce beverage, whereas men consumed 26 percent more calories.


    Calorie Intake from Food

    Calorie intake from food did not change

    Calorie intake from food did not change, which means that total calorie intake increased.



    Conclusion: Larger beverage portions result in increased calorie intake from the beverage

    “Serving a larger portion of beverage resulted in increased beverage consumption, and increased energy intake from the beverage when a caloric beverage was served,” the researchers concluded.

    “Serving a caloric beverage resulted in an overall increase in total energy consumed at lunch.”

    “Therefore, replacing caloric beverages with low-calorie or noncaloric beverages can be an effective strategy for decreasing energy intake.”



    Subjects: 15 men, 18 women served lunch once a week for 6 weeks

    The study involved 15 men and 18 women who were served lunch once a week for six weeks.


    Flood J, Roe L, Rolls B. The effect of increased beverage portion size on energy intake at a meal. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006 Dec, 106(12):1984-90; discussion 1990-1.


    Department of Nutritional Sciences
    The Pennsylvania State University
    226 Henderson Building
    University Park, PA 16802-6501, USA

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