Sweet satiation: Acute effects of consumption of sweet drinks on appetite for and intake of sweet and non-sweet foods

Peter J. Rogers*, Danielle Ferriday, Beyrom Irani, Julianne Ka Hei Hoi, Clare Y. England, Kimran K. Bajwa, Thomas Gough

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Sensory-specific satiety (SSS) describes a reduction in the pleasantness of the taste of (momentary liking) and desire to consume a food that occurs with eating, compared with the relative preservation of liking and desire for uneaten foods. We conducted three studies in healthy female and male participants to test whether SSS generalises from sweet drinks to sweet foods. Studies 1 (n = 40) and 2 (n = 64) used a two-condition cross-over design. Participants consumed non-carbonated, fruit squash drinks sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) versus water and evaluated various food and drink samples (stimuli). Generalisation of SSS was evident across all sweet stimuli, without having an effect on non-sweet (savoury) stimuli. These SSS effects were present when measured shortly after consumption of the sweet drink, but not 2 h later. There was no evidence of a ‘rebound’ increase above baseline in liking or desire to consume sweet foods 2 h after the sweet drink versus water. In study 3, 51 participants consumed labelled and branded 500 ml cola and water drinks (4 conditions, cross-over design) immediately before and during ad libitum consumption of sweet and non-sweet snack foods. Compared with still water, ‘diet’ (LCS-sweetened) cola reduced sweet food intake, but not total ad libitum intake. Carbonated water decreased hunger and increased fullness compared with still water, without differentially affecting thirst. Energy compensation from the ad libitum snacks for consumption of sugar-containing cola averaged only 20%. Together, these results demonstrate that consumption of LCS drinks acutely decreases desire for sweet foods, which supports their use in place of sugar-sweetened drinks. Further studies on the effects of carbonation of appetite are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104631
Number of pages13
Early online date11 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

Structured keywords

  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Nutrition and Behaviour


  • Appetite
  • Carbonation
  • Food intake
  • Low-calorie sweeteners
  • Sensory-specific satiety
  • Sugar
  • Sweet-tooth


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