The answer might surprise you.
You are what you… drink? According to a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, your daily beverage preference could say a lot about your overall diet and junk food habits. Though more than 90 percent of the U.S. population eats energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods (referred to in the study as “discretionary foods”) as part of their daily diets, researcher Ruopeng An was the first to examine the link between beverage choice, junk food consumption, and overall diet quality.
Using more than 22,000 U.S. adults’ two-day food journals (which came from 10 years of National Health and Nutrition Examination survey data), An grouped responses into five beverage categories: diet or sugar-free drinks, sugar-sweetened beverages like juice and soda, coffee, tea, and alcohol. He found some pretty interesting results. For one, while those who drink coffee and diet-beverages consume fewer total calories total, they tend to get more of their overall calories from those so-called discretionary foods like cookies, ice cream, chocolate, fries, and pastries.
"It may be that people who consume diet beverages feel justified in eating more, so they reach for a muffin or a bag of chips," An said in a statement. "Or perhaps, in order to feel satisfied, they feel compelled to eat more of these high-calorie foods."
See what your drink choice says about your health below, according to the study results: