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Coffee and fatty foods together are a bad combination

A study by the University of Guelp has show that following a fatty meal with a standard coffee can be potentially harmful.

Blood sugar spikes after a fatty meal according to the study and it goes even higher when coffee is consumed as well. The blood sugar reaches the same levels as those who are at risk of diabetes.

Researcher Marie-Soleil Beaudoin  said; “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. “Having sugar remain in our blood for long periods is unhealthy because it can take a toll on our body’s organs.”

The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Usually when we process sugar, it is removed from our blood and distributed through the muscles by the insulin that the body produces. The study has found that fatty meals affect the body's ability to do this and were 32 percent higher than those study subjects that were the controls.

When the study subjects were then given caffeinated coffee after the fatty food, the blood sugar levels rose to around 65 percent compared to those not having the fatty food and coffee.

Beaudoin said; “This shows that the effects of a high-fat meal can last for hours. What you eat for lunch can impact how your body responds to food later in the day. Ultimately we have found that fat and caffeinated coffee are impairing the communication between the gut and the pancreas, which could be playing a role in why participants couldn’t clear the sugar from their blood as easily".

This makes the results of this study very important for those with or at risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Drinking decaffeinated coffee will reduce the risk as will limiting saturated fat intake.