Just when you think you’ve heard everything to do and not do for your Type 2 Diabetes, we hear about a recipe for diabetic disaster-Burgers with a soft drink chaser…
I hate to even mention this, but a new study shows that drinking a sugar-sweetened drink with a high protein meal (like a burger) primes your body to store more fat.
Those wise guy Researchers found that:
- Sugary drinks decrease fat oxidation, the process that begins the breakdown of fat molecules.
- 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 was to 12.6 grams, and so forth.
We start to see the picture of this recipe for diabetic disaster-Burgers with a soft drink chaser…
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…
To put this in context, a decent-size hamburger may weigh around 130 grams, about 30 of which are protein. 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 (used up) and fat oxidation was reduced.
The results provide 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.