The researchers were surprised by the impact that the sugar-sweetened drinks had on metabolism when they were paired with higher-protein meals. This combination also increased study subjects' desire to eat savoury and salty foods for four hours after eating.
- Consuming a sugar-sweetened drink like fruit juices with a high-protein meal including lean meat, chicken.
- In addition, fish and dairy products may negatively affect energy balance, alter food preferences.
- Furthermore, cause the body to store more fat, according to a study.
- The findings showed that the inclusion of a sugar-sweetened drink decreased fat oxidation.
- Which kick-starts the breakdown of fat molecules, after a meal by eight per cent.
- The combination will also increase the desire to eat more unhealthy junk food for hours after finishing breakfast.
- Lead author Shanon Casperson, from USDA-Agricultural Research Service Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Centre in the US.
- He said,we were surprised by the impact.
- In addition, that the sugar-sweetened drinks had on metabolism when they were paired with higher-protein meals.
- This combination also increased study subjects’ desire to eat savoury and salty foods for four hours after eating.
- Paper published in the journal BMC Nutrition.
- The researchers said,in the paper.
- If a sugar-sweetened drink was consumed with a 15 per cent protein meal.
- Fat oxidation decreased by 7.2g on average, while with an intake of 30 per cent protein meal fat oxidation reduced by 12.6g on average.
- While having a sugar-sweetened drink increased the amount of energy used to metabolise the meal.
- In addition, the increased expenditure did not even out the consumption of additional calories from the drink.
- Casperson said, we found that about a third of the additional calories provided by the sugar-sweetened drinks were not expended.
- In addition, fat metabolism was reduced, and it took less energy to metabolise the meals.
- Also,this decreased metabolic efficiency may ‘prime’ the body to store more fat.
- For the study, the team recruited 27 healthy-weight adults (13 males, 14 females), who were on average 23-years-old.
- “The results provide further insight into the potential role of sugar-sweetened drinks in weight gain and obesity,” Casperson said.