A fizzy drink with your main meal could be making you fat - study

Having a sugary soda with your steak can have a detrimental impact on your metabolism
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Having a sugary soda with your steak can have a detrimental impact on your metabolism

Guzzling sugary drinks while you eat a meaty meal, could be causing you to put on weight, according to a new story. 

The paper published in BMC Nutrition found the combination decreased the metabolic rate, leading to more fat being stored. 

Researchers asked 27 adult volunteers, all of a healthy weight, to spend 24 hours in a a metabolic chamber on two separate occasions. How the body was using nutrients was monitored.

Each person ate the same meal consisting of 17g of fat and 500 non-beverage calories along with either a sugar-sweetened drink or an artificially sweetened drink.

Lead author Dr. Shanon Casperson says that the body only used 80 out of the 120 calories from the sugar-sweetened drink ...
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Lead author Dr. Shanon Casperson says that the body only used 80 out of the 120 calories from the sugar-sweetened drink during the study.

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The participants were then asked about their hunger and craving for certain types of foods after their meal. 

Lead author Dr Shanon Casperson explained to BMC "drinking a sugar-sweetened drink with a meal significantly decreases fat use and diet-induced thermogenesis (heat production)".

"When we paired the sugar-sweetened drink with a protein-rich meal, the combination further decreased fat use and diet-induced thermogenesis by more than 40 per cent.

"Additionally, we found that, over the course of a day, the body only expended 80 of the 120 kcals that was provided by the sugar-sweetened drink. 

"These results highlight the impact that consuming a sugar-sweetened drink can have on energy balance and fat use.

She said the findings provide further insight in to the harmful role soft drinks play in the obesity crisis. 

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