Added sugars can affect waistlines and do even more damage when they are paired with the inappropriate food choices. A juicy burger with a chilled soda can do all the wrong things to your health. According to a new study, gulping down a sugary drink with a high-protein meal can increase fat storage in your body.
Sugar-sweetened drinks decrease fat oxidation and including a protein meal along with it can further decrease the oxidation process. Oxidation is the process that promotes the breakdown of fat molecules. Researchers found that about a third of the additional calories provided by the sugary drink was not expelled by the body. For instance, a sugary drink with 15% protein meal decreased fat oxidation by almost 7.2 grams, whereas with a 30% protein meal the oxidation decreased by 12.6 grams. Moreover, this combination also made the individual crave for salty foods until four hours after eating. This sugar−protein−salt combination is deadly and can hamper your nutrition quotient to a great extent.
The study involved 27 healthy adults who were made to live inside a sealed room for two days. On the first day they were made to eat two meals that contained 15 percent protein and on the next day they ate two meals with 30 percent protein. Each meal consisted of bread, ham, cheese, potatoes and butter providing 17 grams of fat and 500 calories. Every day, the participants were given a sugary cherry-flavored drink during one meal and a sugar-free cherry-flavored drink during the next meal.
According to the study, neither the energy from the drink made people feel satisfied nor were the additional calories expelled from the body because of this energy. The study even suggests that pairing such foods can induce weight gain and preventing people from consuming such food combinations can be an effective weight management strategy. To know more on effectively pairing certain foods and avoid pairing certain other foods to reap health benefit, get in touch with a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com.
The study effectively imparts knowledge on the downside of junk foods. With the rising obesity rates in our country, it is necessary to become aware of such health conflicts and correct them as early as possible to avoid an obesity epidemic.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.