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The Effects Of Sugary Drinks On How Body Burns Fat

Did you know that washing down your bacon cheeseburger using a cold soda is risky to your health? According to recent findings, this might initiate your body to store more fat than it would if you consumed something sugarless substances. The researchers carried out a study where they added a sugary drink to a protein-rich meal; they realized that the body’s fat-burning capability decreased by 8 percent on average. Furthermore, the sugary beverages seemed to increase their cravings for food after the meal. Even the researchers were astonished by the impact that the sugary drinks had on the fat-burning process when they were combined with meals rich in higher proteins. 

Casperson added that the combination was responsible for increasing the study subjects’ craving to consume more savory and salty food. Earlier on, the study showed that individuals who consumed higher protein meals experienced changes in how their bodies digested the food and the amount they consumed. For instance, the study recommends that a higher protein intake is associated with an increase in the body metabolism capabilities. The new research suggests that adding sugar- sweetened beverages to a high-protein consumption might have the opposite impact. According to the research, the sugary-sweetened drinks might slow your body’s metabolism. Recent research suggests that sugar is the main cause of obesity and not fatty foods. 

During the study, the scientist enlisted 27 adults who were of middle age and healthy. They were provided with special meals, where the researchers observed them in special isolated chambers known as room calorimeters. The isolated chambers were equipped with a bed, toilet, a sink and other fittings and equipment used in the measuring the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide along with air pressure and temperature. The measurements obtained allowed the scientist to calculate how the food consumed by the subjects affected the fat burning process. This included some calories burnt and how fats, protein, and carbohydrates were broken down.   

fter the participants had been served with breakfast and lunch, they were observed for 4 hours, where the researchers could monitor their body reacts to the meal with either a sugary beverage or an artificially sweetened drink. The researchers discovered that when a sugar-rich drink is consumed with a meal, the participants’ metabolism activity decreased by 8 percent as compared to when their meals were served with drinks with artificially added sugar. Also, even though the sugary drinks added more calories to the meals, the participants didn’t feel fuller after finishing the meal. The sugar-sweetened beverages appeared to lessen the body’s metabolism and didn’t contribute to the effect of fuller. 

    Deanna Webb

    Deanna works as a copywriter and freelance writer. She lives in Cleveland.