Science: Are Meat Sweats Real?

Food promotes energy expenditure. Diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT) can be caused via digestion, nutrition transport, and heat production.

Meat sweats may be explained by DIT. DIT raises body temperature, cooling sweating. DIT is thought to induce only a minor body temperature change and not significant sweating.

Protein digestion takes more energy than other macronutrients. DIT is 25%–30% of protein energy compared to 3% for fat and 7%–8% for carbs.

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A 2020 study found that a high-protein diet boosted food-induced, resting, and total energy expenditure.

Other studies have found that high-protein meals enhance DIT more than high-carbohydrate, high-fat, or moderate-protein meals.

These studies have methodology issues such limited sample sizes, one-gender respondents, or certain medical problems that limit their applicability. Meals with protein should be studied for their thermogenic effect.

These studies do not link DIT to meat sweats. They offer a hypothesis for meat sweats.

Are Meat Sweats a Real Thing, According to the Science?

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