Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Fast food will make you fatter, just ask the monkeys

Here's another reason why you should stay away from fast food. Scientists experimenting on monkeys, found out that feeding them with food high in trans-fats (found in fast food) will make them fatter. From New Scientist:
After six years on the diet, the trans-fat-fed monkeys had gained 7.2% of their body weight, compared to just 1.8% in the unsaturated group. CT scans also revealed that the trans-fat monkeys carried 30% more abdominal fat, which is risk factor for diabetes and heart disease.

“We were shocked. Despite all our enormous efforts to make sure they didn’t gain weight, they still did. And most of that weight ended up on their tummies,” says Kavanagh, who presented her findings at the American Diabetes Association meeting in Washington DC, on Monday. “This is walking them straight down the path to diabetes.”

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