Are you a fan of coffee or diet beverages? You may be consuming less calories than those who prefer alcoholic or sugary drinks, but making up the caloric difference with junk food, warns a study by the US-based University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Basing his observations on a decade’s worth of statistics from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researcher Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community health professor at the university, thinks it might be a “compensation effect”, where those who saved on liquid calories “feel justified in eating more, so they reach for a muffin or a bag of chips”. Alternatively, he posits that they eat more high-calorie foods in order to feel satisfied. Yet another possibility is that those who eat high-energy low-nutrition foods tend to reach for diet drinks to alleviate their guilt. Either way, these are good points to remember when you think you’re picking the better drink.