Just one fatty meal – such as a cheeseburger and chips is enough to alter the body’s metabolism and trigger changes associated with liver disease and diabetes researchers have found.
Researchers at the German Diabetes Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany gave 14 lean and healthy men aged 20 to 40 either given a vanilla-flavoured palm oil drink or plain water.
The palm oil drink contained a similar amount of saturated fat as an eight-slice pepperoni pizza or a regular cheeseburger served with a large portion of chips.
Tests showed that consuming the palm oil resulted in an immediate increase in fat accumulation and reduced sensitivity to insulin – the vital hormone that regulates blood sugar.
It also raised levels of triglycerides – a type of fat linked to heart disease – altered liver function and led to changes in gene activity associated with fatty liver disease.