Thanks to regular high-intensity workouts, you may be a fat-burning machine, but one junk food meal could cool your furnaces and cause further damage than you can imagine. In a joint study by German and Portuguese scientists, healthy men were randomly given either a glass of plain water, or a flavoured drink containing palm oil, which had the same saturated fat content as two cheeseburgers with bacon and large fries, or two salami pizzas. What shocked the scientists was that a single dose of the palm oil drink was enough to induce symptoms seen in those with type 2 diabetes and obesity. There was insulin resistance which causes a rise in glucose levels, and more fats were released into the bloodstream, a precursor to liver disease. Although the experts believe healthy folks are able to handle the effects of these occasional doses of high-fat foods, it might become a problem if these meals become a more regular habit.
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