Interest in fat - the good, the bad and the ugly – continues to evolve.
People are increasingly coming to understand the difference between ‘good’ fats that offer benefits like weight and appetite management and so-called ‘bad’ fats that, well, make you fat.
In this story, we heard new research has found high fat breakfast can help burn fat at a higher rate for a 24-hour period.
The study examined whether the timing of macronutrient intake in humans affects daily fuel utilisation. The researchers aimed to examine the associations between fuel utilisation and metabolic indexes.
This is important because the ability to oxidize fat is associated with a lower risk of chronic metabolic disease. The impairment of fat oxidation is associated with weight gain and insulin resistance.
The macronutrient composition of breakfast affects substrate utilization throughout the day in older adults, the researchers concluded. The consumption of a high-fat, lower-carbohydrate breakfast may reduce the risk of metabolic disease, they added.
“The data from this investigation provide[s] evidence that a high-fat breakfast results in higher fat oxidation over the next 24 hours.
“When analysing the contribution of macro-nutrient composition to health outcomes, it is well recognised that high-carbohydrate diets have been associated with central obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemias, oxidative stress, and inflammation, factors associated with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and type two diabetes. The current research further reinforces the metabolic dysregulations caused by high-carbohydrate diets by demonstrating that consuming such diets for breakfast leads to decreased fat oxidation.”