(WXYZ) – For many Americans, it’s almost second nature to drink soda when eating a high-protein meal, like a burger or a chicken sandwich.
But according to some fascinating new research, that soda might just be your worst enemy. Why? Because lab tests showed that people who consume sweetened drinks with their high-protein meals store more fat compared to others who ate the same food, MINUS the sugary beverage. And the difference is significant.
So all of the food we eat contains three major types of nutrients — carbohydrates, fats, and protein. The researchers wanted to see how extra carbs in the form of a sugary drink would affect how the body metabolized fats and proteins.
What they found was that the sugar-sweetened drinks slowed down fat oxidation — the fat-burning process — by 8 percent! So simply put, this specific combo of high protein meals and extra carbs appears to slow down the way our bodies burn fat.
Well, there are definitely a few guidelines I could give our viewers:
- Try as much as possible to cut high-sugar drinks from your diet. That means sodas, fruit juices, iced teas and energy drinks. Especially during meals.
- Try to replace the sugar in your morning coffee with natural sweeteners like cinnamon, honey or molasses.
- Be careful of “diet” or “sugar-free” products claiming to be healthier — they can still make you gain weight.
- As with everything, practice moderation. Start by replacing one soda a day with a glass water instead.
This is a huge problem for Americans. Sugary drinks like the ones I mentioned above are THE leading source of added sugar in the American diet!
Half of American adults, and MORE than half of all American kids drink at least one sugary beverage each day. The good news is that cutting that one drink could go a long way towards keeping the extra weight off.
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