Meat Contributes To Obesity As Much As Sugar, Research Suggests


Meat contributes to obesity as much as sugar, research suggests

ISLAMABAD,(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Augst,2016) : Consumption of meat contributes just as much as sugar to the growing prevalence of global obesity, new research suggests. According to scientists at the University of Adelaide, fats and carbohydrates can provide us with enough energy to meet our demands and are digested faster than protein, meaning the energy stored in meat is used later, or if surplus to requirements, is converted and stored as fat in the body, reported BBC health. This means that increased availability of meat may be making a significant contribution to global waist sizes. University of Adelaide PhD student Wenpeng You examined the global availability of sugar and meat and the impact it had on obesity rates in 170 countries, and found a strong correlation between the two. After accounting for differences between countries, including levels of urbanisation, physical activity and calorific intake, the research found the availability of meat could account for 13% of the obesity rate - the same level as sugar.

Researcher said: "There is a dogma that fats and carbohydrates, especially fats, are the major factors contributing to obesity. "Whether we like it or not, fats and carbohydrates in modern diets are supplying enough energy to meet our daily needs.

Because meat protein is digested later than fats and carbohydrates, this makes the energy we receive from protein a surplus, which is then converted and stored as fat in the human body", they said. Public should be alert to the over-consumption of sugar and some fats in their diets, based on these, meat protein in the human diet is also making a significant contribution to obesity.