Monday, April 4, 2011

Skip the Coffee with a Fast Food Breakfast

For a fast food breakfast, it used to be that you either had some sort of baked good and a coffee on the run, or you headed to McDonalds for eggs on the go. Sure, they had coffee too, but it wasn't very good. Now, if you're looking for breakfast in a hurry, you've got a multitude of options, all serving complete meals paired with a decent cup of coffee. But be warned: if this sounds like your source of morning fuel and a fruit cup just won't cut it, you might consider skipping the coffee. Here's why.

According to a new study from the University of Guelph, pairing a cup of Joe with a high-fat breakfast can cause your blood sugar levels to spike, nearly as high as what is seen in individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes. Actually, the greasy breakfast on it's own is enough to do this, but mixing in caffeine nearly doubles the effect!

According to the researchers, consuming a slew of saturated fats makes it difficult for the body to clear sugar from the blood, and caffeine makes it even harder, potentially making the effect last for hours. According to one of the researchers, "Having sugar remain in our blood for long periods is unhealthy because it can take a toll on our organs,".

Not only does this study stress the need for people who are at risk of or live with diabetes to avoid both high-fat foods and limit their caffeine, it also highlights the fact that this combination is dangerous for anyone! Now there's something to ponder.