Another reason to avoid those sugary drinks after meals.
Indulging in sweet drinks after a high-protein meal can potentially increase your chances of weight gain. According to a study published in the open access journal BMC Nutrition, consuming sweet drinks after a protein-rich meal can lower your metabolism and even cause your body to store more fat.
Researchers found that taking sugary drinks after a meal slowed down the process at which your body breaks down stored fats. The higher the amount of protein the meal contained, the slower the process became. The subjects’ desire to eat savory and salty foods for the next four hours after eating were also intensified.
27 healthy-weight adults with an average age of 23 years old were recruited for the study. Each participant had to make two study visits after an overnight fast, and received breakfast and lunch. They received 15% protein meals on their first visit, and 30% protein meals on their second. They consumed a sugar-sweetened drink after one meal, and a non-sugar sweetened drink with the later. Participants were also required to stay in a room calorimeter during their visit, which helps the researchers to monitor how much fat, carbohydrate, and protein they are using, as well as the number of calories they are burning.
So the next time you’re tempted to pick up a sweet drink after lunch, think about the extra fat your body might be storing.