Just a 1% increase in daily water consumption may have lasting dietary benefits, according to a study conducted by University of Illinois professor Ruopeng An. In fact, you are likely to consume fewer calories, along with less saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.
Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, An was able to examine the dietary habits of more than 18,000 men and women in the United States since 2005. He noted that the more water people drank, the greater the benefits—regardless of outside factors—and those who upped their daily intake by three glasses consumed 205 fewer calories and 18 fewer grams of sugar on average. They also decreased their total daily cholesterol consumption by 21 grams.
An believes his findings, which were published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, present clear evidence that drinking more water (and replacing sugary beverages with water) is a vitally important part of a good nutrition and a healthy weight management program.