Having your burgers with a soft drink chaser is yet another recipe gone wrong…
I know you don’t want to hear this, but drinking a sugar-sweetened drink with a high protein meal primes your body to store more fat, according to a new study.
Those wise guy Researchers found that:
- The more protein in the meal, the more fat oxidation decreases.
For example, a sugary drink with a 15% protein meal decreased fat oxidation by an average of 7.2 grams.
With a 30% protein meal, the decrease jumped to 12.6 grams, and so forth.
As reported by Dr. Shanon Casperson, the lead study author:
“We found that about a third of the extra calories provided by the sugar-sweetened drinks were not expended (used up). Fat metabolism was reduced, and it took less energy to metabolize the meals,”
“This decreased metabolic efficiency may ‘prime’ the body to store more fat.”
And there you have it…
Think twice or more before having your burgers with a soft drink.
➡ If you slam it down with a glass of sugar-sweetened soda, this study predicts that your fat metabolism will decrease somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 grams.
And that’s not all that happens, report the researchers.
“This combination of a sugar-sweetened drink with a high protein meal also increased the study subjects’ desire to eat savory and salty foods for four hours after eating.”
So as well as burning less fat, your body is also on the hunt for something salty, which is probably going to be found in a less-than-healthy snack.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone by now, but these results throw a little more light on why the typical “American diet” often leads to obesity, metabolic syndrome and worse.
Quoting Dr. Casper:
“Our findings suggest that having a sugar-sweetened drink with a meal impacts both sides of the energy balance equation.”
➡ On the intake side, the extra energy from the drink did not make people feel more sated.
➡ On the expenditure side, the extra calories were not expended and fat oxidation was reduced.
The results offer further insight into the potential role of sugar-sweetened drinks–the largest single source of sugar in the American diet, in weight gain and obesity.”
The study was published in the journal BMC Nutrition.
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