That headline probably caught your attention.
That’s because the average consumer drinks 2-3 cups of coffee per day. And it’s safe to assume that you’re probably one of them.
I already discussed how coffee affects the body, but recently I came across an interesting study that made me think twice about how much coffee I consume and when I consume it.
Here’s the scoop.
We’re all aware of the fast-food addiction that has plagued Northern America in the past few decades.
But what happens when you devour that greasy meal?
Without getting into the disastrous effects fast food has on your body, it’s important to understand one thing: ingesting greasy meals spikes the sugar levels in your body. And fluctuations of blood-sugar levels is never a good thing.
Now a new study by researchers at the University of Guelph has discovered something interesting.
If you’re in the habit of having a coffee after a greasy meal, which is very likely now that places like McDonalds are selling coffee with their meals, you’re asking for DOUBLE the trouble.
Researchers doing the study have discovered that blood sugar levels actually DOUBLE when you consume a caffeinated coffee after a high-fat meal.
“The results tell us that saturated fat interferes with the body’s ability to clear sugars from the blood, and when combined with caffeinated coffee, the impact can be even worse.” says Marie-Soleil Beaudoin, one of the PhD students conducting the study.
“Having sugar remain in our blood for long periods is unhealthy because it can take a toll on our body’s organs.”
The problem is that these effects can last in our bodies for hours. So that greasy, high-fat meal with a coffee combo that you had for lunch will have a strong impact on how your body responds to the food you consume later in the day, causing irregular fluctuations of blood-sugar levels.
“Drinking decaffeinated coffee instead of caffeinated plus limiting the intake of saturated fatty acids found in red meat, processed foods and fast food meals is crucial because this study has shown that the effects of these foods can be severe and long lasting.”
Do you drink coffee with your meals? Do you think you can do without it? Share in the comments below!