Archive for July 11th, 2007

Liquid lunch not such a good idea

July 11, 2007

The LA Times reports that, according to new research by staff at Purdue University, Indiana, consuming a liquid lunch is not such a good idea. For those of us raised on the antics of Private Eye’s mythical journalist, Lunchtime O’Booze, this is probably not exactly news. However, the liquids the researchers are referring to are not beers but liquid versions of solid food.

The research finds that experimentees who drank a liquid version of a food (for example, a fruit juice) with their lunch actually ate more over the course of the rest of the day. If they consumed a solid version of the food (e.g. an actual piece of fruit) they consumed less.

It is thought that eating solid foods may send ‘signals’ to the brain that the stomach is getting full (for example, as a result of the pressure of the food on the stomach). This may be one of the issues connected to rising levels of obesity since, according to the article: “Today, people may get 20% to 50% of their calories from beverages — but for most of human history, the only beverage was water.”

Pass the crisps.