15/09/2014 12:05 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

How To Burn Off Calories From Fizzy Drinks

Sugar is this year's food enemy and fizzy drinks have replaced tobacco and alcohol as the new devil.

Coke with ice in glass

The Telegraph reports French nutritionists are trying to ban refill soda foundations in a fight against obesity and across the pond, the availability of supersized fizzy drinks has been under scrutiny in New York.

This latest study hasn't done cola and lemonade any more favours, either.

Refinery 29 reports medical research from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found what it takes to burn off the calories consumed from fizzy drinks. The answer? 12,000 steps - that's around six miles of walking.

The study asked 22 participants aged 18 to 25 to drink two half-litre bottles of a lemon-lime drink every day for two weeks.

The participants were then split into two groups: one walked fewer than 4,500 steps (around two miles) per day, while the other walked at least 12,000 steps per day for the two week period. Once they had completed the first trial, the groups switched over so effects of the different levels of exercise could be compared.

The results - plus further research which looked at the impact on cholesterol - found walking 12,000 steps was the sufficient amount needed to prevent a negative impact on health.

While many of us would never dream of drinking half-litre of a fizzy drink in one go, it sounds like it could take more than a stroll in the park to compensate for a quick sugar fix.

Want to find out more? Read up on the study here.

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