Sugary Drinks Trigger Fat Storage
A small study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that adding a sugary drink to a high-protein meal decreases the effectiveness of the body’s fat-burning mechanism by about 8 percent. In addition, this combination of foods and beverages also increases cravings for savory and salty foods afterwards.
This effect on metabolism was surprising to researchers, as earlier studies indicated that high-protein meals increase the body’s ability to burn fat. It appears that adding sugary beverages produce the opposite effect.
The study involved 27 healthy adults who were given specific meals in isolated rooms over two 24-hour periods. Researchers calculated how the foods affected metabolism, including how the participants burned calories and broke down fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Sugar-sweetened beverages decreased fat burning ability and did not cause the participants to feel fuller. The study results were published in BMC Nutrition.