Fast food: Just one high fat meal can hurt metabolism

Fast food: Just one high fat meal can hurt metabolism

Just one high fat meal can hurt metabolism, according to the latest research from the German Diabetes Center.

The researchers found that just one incidence of high palm oil consumption reduces the body’s insulin sensitivity, increases fat deposits, and changes energy metabolism in the liver.

These symptoms are typically the ones that occur before serious conditions like type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease.

The researchers investigated by giving healthy, slim men who were randomly given a palm oil flavored drink or a glass of water.
The palm oil drink contained a similar amount of trans fats as two cheeseburgers with bacon and a large portion of French fries or two salami pizzas.

They found that the drink caused insulin resistance and high fatty deposits in the liver.

The surprise was that a single dosage of palm oil has such a rapid and direct impact on the liver of a healthy person and that the amount of fat administered already triggered insulin resistance”, explained Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, scientist, Managing Director and Chairman at the DDZ and the German Center for Diabetes Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Diabetesforschung, DZD). “A special feature of our study is that we monitored the liver metabolism of people with a predominantly non-invasive technology, e.g. by magnetic resonance spectroscopy. This allows us to track the storage of sugar and fat as well as the energy metabolism of the mitochondria (power plants of the cell).”

Because of new methods of investigation, the researchers were able to conclude that palm oil affects the metabolic activity of muscles, liver and fatty disease.

The study showing that just one high fat meal can hurt metabolism was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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1. “Pizza, Burgers and the Like: A Single High-fat Meal Can Damage the Metabolism.” Deutsches Zentrum Für Diabetesforschung (DZD) E.V. Deutsches Zentrum Für Diabetesforschung (DZD) E.V., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2017.
2. “Acute Dietary Fat Intake Initiates Alterations in Energy Metabolism and Insulin Resistance.” Journal of Clinical Investigation. Journal of Clinical Investigation, n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2017.

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