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  • People consumed 12-19% more calories per day when consuming liquids vs solid food

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    Monday, August 09, 2010 8:48 am Email this article
    People consumed 12-19 percent more calories when the food was in liquid form versus solid form according to research from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. High-Carbohydrate Diet

    High-carb diet in liquid vs solid form: 12.4% greater calorie intake

    People consumed 12.4 percent more calories when they were given the beverage form of a high-carbohydrate foods compared to when they were given the same foods in solid form.


    High-Protein Diet

    High-protein diet in liquid vs solid form: 15% greater calorie intake

    People consumed 15 percent more calories when consuming a high-protein diet in form of a beverage compared to solid form.


    High-Fat Diet

    High-fat diet in liquid vs solid form: 19% greater calorie intake

    And with a high-fat diet, people consumed 19 percent more calories when consuming it as a beverage than when they consumed it in solid form.



    Conclusion: Liquid calories are more likely to cause overeating

    The researchers noted that food in the form of a beverage is less satisfying than food in solid form.

    “Dietary compensation for beverages is weaker than for solid food forms of comparable nutrient content,” the researchers concluded.

    “Thus, they pose a greater risk for promoting positive energy balance.”



    Comment: One weight loss doctor tells his patients, ‘No liquid calories’

    One weight loss doctor told me that he tells his patients to avoid all liquid calories.

    I think this is a great idea for those trying to lose weight.


    Mourao D, Bressan J, Campbell W, Mattes R. Effects of food form on appetite and energy intake in lean and obese young adults. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Nov, 31(11):1688-95.


    Dr RD Mattes
    Professor of Foods and Nutrition
    Department of Foods and Nutrition
    Purdue University
    212 Stone Hall
    700 W State Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059
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