New Study: Soft Drink Consumption Leads to Flabby Muscles

Flabby muscle due to sugary soft drinks

Doing our part to help “promote” the healthy sponsors of the Olympics starting this weekend, we bring you the results of  an interesting study published by the European Journal of Nutrition. Researchers supplemented the diet of healthy, active men and women with a daily serving of sugary soft drinks. The results were nothing less than shocking:

 Soft drinks changed the way muscles use food as fuel, making them prefer to burn sugars over fats.

The changes occurred rapidly, within just 4 weeks of consumption!

According to the lead researcher, Dr. Hans-Peter Kubis of Bangor University in England:

“This study proved our concerns over sugary drinks have been correct. Not only can regular sugar intake acutely change our body metabolism; in fact it seems that our muscles are able to sense the sugars and make our metabolism more inefficient, not only in the present but in the future as well.” Read more…

What regularly drinking soft drinks means: a metabolism change in your body that decreases its ability to burn fat!

Add this to a long list of reasons why soft drinks should not be a regular part of your diet, happy polar bears or not.

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  • Violet

    It makes me sad to see “shock photos” used here at Fooducate. That’s a photograph of a real person … it’s the second time this month I’ve seen a photograph of a real person used here to repulse/frighten people. :-( (Down at the gym we’re all ashamed of our bat wings. We’re a pretty fit bunch and we don’t drink soda. Go hug an older woman to say you’re sorry.)

    • chicory

      Thanks for saying something, Violet. The pic came across as I scrolled down my reader and I immediately felt awful. Plenty of us with flabby arms are doing everything we can to eat healthy and get lots of exercise, but it’s a slow process and there’s no guarantee that the arm flab will ever completely disappear. When the person in the “ew, look at that!” photo resembles you, it’s very hard to get over the shame and self-hatred that wells up.

      • Violet

        So we’ve established some people think it is not possible to have bat wings unless you are overweight AND consume soft drinks. And we’ve established some people think it is not possible to have tight muscles on the back of your arm if you do. Good info!

    • Mere

      Agreed. Misleading (that’s not muscle and that’s not what the study is saying) and cruel.

  • Salvy Blaze

    Naw that picture can stay. I love it. I’m of the opinion that its not repulsive enough! They need a fat arm like that with a cola can being crushed by its fat. If you are repulsed or frightened by the picture and NOT the data presented then you may as well not bother reading this site. Go have a coke n a smile!

  • iluvfooducation

    Holler back Salvy Blaze I’ll agree with what you said any day! This site inspires me to not have flabby arms! Along with many other INFORMATIVE things. Don’t hate on fooducate. What are they gonna do? Take the time to incorporate EVERYBODY in the world whose feelings get hurt by “not-so-pretty” pictures? This is real life! Suck it up and work out those beautiful flabby arms!!!

  • rebecca

    I am not offended by the picture because it is a real representation of the sugary drink effect being exposed by the article–totally appropriate. Might a cartoon character be less offensive? Any offense to this real life image could be by hyper-sensitivity.

  • Jim Cooper

    You feed people more sugar and their metabolism changes to accommodate it. Is this really a surprise? And they fed them glucose, not soft drinks.

  • Ely

    In the photo at the top of the article, it is not the muscle that is flabby. Your arrow is pointing to subcutaneous fat which lies on top of muscle (or in this case, hanging below). Changes in metabolism can reduce fat loss or even lead to weight gain but please dont scare people or perpetuate myths that muscles turn into flab.

  • Ray

    I’ve been following here for years and generally rate fooducate as one of the better food/nutrition blogs; however, like Violet it saddens me to see “shock photos” like this used on fooducate. That the picture has obviously been chosen for shock value, and is in fact misleading, coupled with the fact that Bangor University is actually in Wales, not England, both detract from may otherwise have been an informative and reasoned post.