Pizza: Think Twice Before that After-School Slice

Pizza After School

So school’s out and you’re starving?  We’ve all been there.  You think to yourself — “I’ll just stop by the $1 pizza place around the corner, grab a quick bite and get home to get started on my AP reading.”  

Well stop and think before you get in that pizza line — a new study shows that a diet packed with greasy stuff like sausage, pepperoni and cheese can have a negative effect on your body for the rest of the day.  

In a small study at Loughborough University in the U.K., researchers fed 15 healthy, young adults—nonsmokers, physically active, and free of cardiovascular disease or diabetes—a diet packed with greasy stuff like pizza, burgers and cheesecake for one day. They then gave the participants a sugary drink followed by a blood sugar tolerance test.  

The finding???  After eating fatty foods, the young adults' bodies were substantially worse at handling sugar, which is linked to a reduction in insulin sensitivity.  That’s bad.

If insulin sensitivity becomes poor, we have trouble digesting carbs and absorbing nutrients, and we gain weight.  If it’s really bad for a long time, the pancreas needs to make more and more insulin because we’re so insensitive to it.   

So if we want to burn fat and avoid a host of other health issues, we want to be insulin sensitive—so think twice in that pizza line!