By George Harrison, The Sun
May 16, 2017 | 2:25pm
Sparkling water may be the reason you’re piling on the pounds, according to scientists.
Carbonated water is often viewed as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks or booze, but the fizzy drink may not be anywhere near as diet-friendly as it appears.
New research suggests that sparkling water may actually be making you feel empty, encouraging you to eat more than you would otherwise.
The carbon dioxide which gives the drink its fizz can trigger a hunger hormone, prompting us to scoff more food as a result, according to the Daily Mail.
This finding is based on a study of rats’ behavior, with researchers giving rodents different drinks and monitoring their relative weight gain.
Scientists from Birzeit University in the Palestinian West Bank also tested their findings on humans, noting that the hunger hormone ghrelin spikes in people after drinking sparkling water.
People who had sparkling water for breakfast were found to have six times the ghrelin level of those who had still water.
In tests on rats, scientists noted that the rodents which drank carbonated drinks along with their normal diets ate more than rats who were given still water and “flat” soft drinks.