Nutritionists and food experts have often wondered what happens if humans start eating powdered food instead of solid food. An experiment at Tohoku University, Japan has revealed that it results in high blood pressure and high glucose levels in blood.
The key difference between powdered food and solid food is that the powdered food is very easy for the body to process. So the nutrients in the powdered food are broken down more quickly, easily and fully. However, it has been objected in the past that powdered food eliminates the need to chew, which is probably one of the key functions of our teeth. Not only that, chewing itself triggers different functions in the body and when we intake powdered food, the chewing process is disturbed.
To substantiate the facts and sift truth from fiction, Tohoku University researchers brought together 16 mice. In one experiment, 8 mice were given powdered food while the other 8 were fed solid food, both comprising of the same materials.
Also determining the long-term effects of such dietary habits, the researchers fed a group of mice powdered food for 17 weeks since their weaning. A control group was also fed solid food for the same duration.
Ultimately, the researchers have concluded, powdered food gets assimilated by the body far quicker than solid food. Moreover, the mice that ate powdered food tend to have higher blood pressure, higher blood glucose levels and lower levels of insulin. They were also found to have higher levels of several hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline and corticosterone.
The researchers further established that there was no visible difference in heart rates or weight of the two groups, which should dispel the myth that powdered food can help in weight loss. The study brings us some key findings about the use of powdered food. And according to its results, solid food seems like a far better dietary choice.
Source: Life Sciences
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