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Adding a sugary drink to the course slowed down fat oxidation, the process that helps fat molecules break down, by eight percent. And it also changed participants’ cravings, because it “increased study subjects’ desire to eat savory and salty foods for four hours after eating.”
The study only examined healthy-weight people for a short period of time, so researchers noted that overweight individuals may respond differently.
However, Casperson said, “the results provide further insight into the potential role of sugar-sweetened drinks – the largest single source of sugar in the American diet – in weight gain and obesity.”