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Researchers at the National Institute of Health recently studied how drinking sugar-sweetened beverages each day affected abdominal fat gain. The study used data from 1,000 participants in the Framingham Heart Study who answered questions about the frequency with which they consumed sugary beverages and diet soda. Participants also went through a computed tomography to measure abdominal fat tissue, as well as a repeat scan six years later.
The study found that over that six-year period, daily sugary beverage drinkers experienced an increase in stomach fat at about 1.8 pounds. There was no link to a rise in this fat with diet soda.
These findings were published in Circulation on January 11, 2016.