We’ve all heard the myth that drinking a bottle of wine every day for about 30 minutes would be the most convenient way to avoid sugar, salt and carbs in your diet.
Well, that theory might not hold up.
According to a new study, people who consumed a screwdriver every day were able to reduce their consumption of sugar and salt by an average of 40%.
The study was led by Dr. Robert H. Wainstein of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and involved participants in the National Survey of Americans on the Effects of Sugar and Salt on the Body and Mind, which began in 2012.
In it, researchers asked 1,000 people to fill out questionnaires about how they ate, drank and felt.
Participants were asked to report their intake of foods, beverages and foods containing added sugars.
According the study, participants who had consumed at least 3 cups of sugar daily for 30 days were able “to significantly reduce their daily sugar intake and reduce their intake from added sugars.”
That reduction was greatest among people who were overweight or obese.
In terms of the impact of a screwdrivers’ effect on your diet, Wainstines team found that, by the time people had reduced their sugar intake by 40%, they were eating less sugar, salty, processed foods and more processed foods.
For example, the amount of salt added to your diet has been linked to weight gain, heart disease and diabetes, and has been associated with increased risk of cancer, according to the study.
However, the researchers cautioned that the results were not definitive because they weren’t designed to detect the effects of sugar alone.
They also noted that some people who ate more than a full bottle of sugar or more than one serving of processed food each day could not be expected to lose weight.
Still, the findings suggest that screwdrivers could be a helpful alternative to sugar-free soda, according Wainsteins team.
“There’s no reason not to use them,” he said.
“There’s a lot of research that shows that, for people who are overweight or obesity, screwdrivers can be helpful.
You can’t go and get the sugar-sweetened soda you’ve been craving, but you can use them instead.”
According to the American Heart Association, sugar consumption has risen rapidly over the last 30 years.
The association estimates that by 2050, more than half of Americans will be obese.
If we want to avoid that health risk, we need to reduce our sugar consumption, according the association.
But not everyone is convinced that screwdriver drinks will help them.
“I think it’s important to understand the impact that having a screw driver is having on your body,” said Katie Brown, a nutritionist at Whole Foods Market in New York City.
“I think there are plenty of people out there who are eating a lot more carbs, but they’re also getting a lot less sugar than people are consuming.”
Brown, who is also the co-author of the American Dietetic Association’s Nutrition Guidebook, said that she doesn’t think people should be discouraged from using screwdrivers because of the potential health benefits.
“When you’re eating a ton of processed foods, the sugar content is a big deal,” Brown said.
“If you have a screw, it’s going to get you the exact amount of sugar you’re craving.”
But she also warned that there are some things that should be kept in mind before trying a screw.
For instance, Brown recommends that people try not to overdo the sugar or salt, and also that people should not limit their intake.
If you are interested in learning more about how screwdrivers work, visit the American Chemical Society’s website.