Health Fact: How Sugary Drinks May Burns Body Fat

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Health Fact: How Sugary Drinks May Burns Body Fat.

Are you aware that washing down your bacon cheeseburger with a big, cold soda may trigger the body to store more fat than it would if you drank something without sugar, a new small study finds.

According to the study, When people added a sugary drink to a protein-rich meal, their bodies’ fat-burning ability decreased by 8 percent on average, the researchers found. In addition, the sugary drinks also appeared to increase their food cravings after the meal.

lead study author Shanon Casperson, a research biologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, said in a statement “We were surprised that the sugar-sweetened drinks had on metabolism when they were paired with higher-protein meals.”


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Sometime ago, research has shown that people who increase their protein intake experience changes both in how food is processed by their body and in how much they eat, according to the study, published July 20 in the journal BMC Nutrition. For example, research suggests that a higher protein intake is linked to an increase in the body’s fat-burning abilities.

The new study however suggest that adding sugary drinks to a high-protein intake may have the opposite effect: The sugar-rich beverages may slow the body’s burning of fat. For the researchers to have carry out their study, they were able to recruited 27 healthy young adults who they gave special meals and then observed them in special isolated rooms called “room calorimeters.” The rooms had a bed, a toilet, a sink and some other furniture, and equipment to measure the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide along with temperature and air pressure.

These measurements allowed the researchers to calculate how the foods the participants ate affected their metabolism, including how many calories they burned and how they broke down fat, protein and carbohydrates.

The participants spent two 24-hour periods in the rooms. Each period started at 4 p.m., and each participant had dinner at 5 p.m. in the chamber. The participants then fasted until breakfast the next morning.

Each meal was served with a sweet drink that contained either sugar or an artificial sweetener. If the drink with sugar was served at breakfast, the participant received the artificially sweetened drink at lunch, and vice versa. This allowed the researchers to see if there was any difference between how the meal was metabolized when it was combined with sugar, versus without sugar.

After both breakfast and lunch, the participants were observed for 4 hours. During this time, the researchers could see how the body responded to the meal with either a sugary drink or an artificially sweetened drink. And also during their stay to carry out the study in the room, the participants were served breakfast and lunch meals that each contained 30 percent protein.

The researchers found that when a sugar-sweetened beverage was served with a meal, the participants’ fat-burning ability was 8 percent lower than it was when the meal was served with an artificially sweetened drink. In addition, although the sugary drinks added more calories to the meals, they didn’t cause the participants to feel fuller after eating. In other words, sugary drinks seem to decrease the body’s fat burning and don’t contribute to feeling fuller.

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