Comments (0)December 28th, 2009Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Healthy Eating Tips

Drinking Too Many Liquid Foods Can Make You Fat

There have been numerous scientific reports that show that energy drinks don’t satisfy appetite like solid food does. What this means is that the calories you drink will fatten you up. While the major drink in the typical diet that causes problems is soda, energy drinks are clearly troublesome. What people drink adds to their body weight and gives them a poor body mass index. A published report in an obesity journal made a comparison between solid and liquid food.

It demonstrated the different ways the body handles calories from the two different types of source. An example of this can be fruit: eating the whole fruit satisfies appetite, while drinking the juice doesn’t, leading you to eat more.

If you added all your calories for the day, whether they came from solids or liquids, it wouldn’t make a difference. It’s the appetite issue that leads many people to want to eat more. You’d expect that maybe proteins would be different, but they’re not. As with other drinks, you get more calories per a given weight, less satisfaction of the appetite, less time in the digestive system, and effects in numerous other bodily systems. Finally, the amount of liquids people consume is more than ever before in history.

Because a correlation seems to exist between obesity and liquid intake, I think that whole foods need to be emphasized during efforts to lose fat and weight, so leave those protein drinks alone.

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