Twenty-one-year-old twins Celina and Carolyn put the age-old adage “you are what you eat” to the test. See what happens to blood after just one fatty meal.
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The Effects of Fatty Food on the Body Dr. Travis Stork: Today, were’ talking about the most dreaded F word, fat. Now, we all know things like fried chicken, onion rings, chocolate cake that are things you shouldn’t eat everyday but what about every once in a while when we decide to do a little experiment with the help of twin sisters Celina and Caroline. We wanted to see if only one fatty meal really makes the difference. Caroline: I'm Caroline. Celina: And, I'm Celina. Caroline: We’re both 19. Celina: And, we’re twins. Female1: Which one of you want to go first? Celina: She’s born first. Female1: Uh-oh, she’s born first so she’s first. Okay, I'm going to get you a blood. Male: Okay, a twin will be interesting because we’ll see the same genetic makeup. Now, we’re going to take a picture of one of the arteires in your bones to have a look at the blood flow. Female2: Climb up here. Lie flat on your back. Nice and clean young arteries just exactly what we want to see. Male: All right, girls, are you hungry? Let's go for the food. Bon appétit! Caroline: Thank you. Celina: Thank you. Male: All right, so I’ll see you later. Caroline: I am eating salmon, rice the regular salad and then broccoli. Celina: So, I started with the chocolate cake, and now I'm eating French fries and these egg rolls, and now the chicken sandwich. Yum! Caroline: I feel good, I feel healthy. I actually feel like I want to run. Celina: No, I want to sleep. Male: So, it’s been a couple of hours since Celina and Caroline had their meals. And now, we’re going to check their blood to see what it looks like. Female2: This is what an artery should look like. This one is clean. It appears that the blood is going a little bit faster. Well, it could be that the fatty meal is harder to digest so everything has to work a little bit harder. Just tell me what that meal was again so I don’t eat it. Celina: Since we’re twins, it would be really interesting to know if there's any difference. Caroline: I'm looking forward to see it was healthier. Dr. Travis Stork: Celina and Caroline are here with us. Welcome ladies. Celina: Yeah. Caroline: Thank you. Dr. Travis Stork: So, we’ve been out here to find out who is who. Caroline: Well, I'm Caroline. Celina: And, I'm Celina. Caroline: And you could tell by my beauty mark. Dr. Travis Stork: But big time for eating habits right? Celina: Yeah. Caroline: Yeah. Dr. Travis Stork: You don’t like -- what kind of food you like? Celina: I like everything but I just prefer fat foods really, yeah. Dr. Travis Stork: Well, the reason that is not so good after this one case test, your triglisterides double after one meal. The ultrasound that was performed, the heart was working 30% harder, your arteries were less compliant, all right. But, maybe more shocking, have you ever heard that after one meal, your blood can literally hurdle? Celina: No. Dr. Travis Stork: Celina, these are your blood samples. This is yours before you ate that meal. Do you see how afterwards -- you see how cloudy that is? Celina: Oh wow! Dr. Travis Stork: That’s fat. Dr. Drew Ordon: Did you really eat all that food? Dr. Travis Stork: Whereas your sister’s is clear in both from eating that healthy meal or well balanced meal. Her triglisteride stayed relatively unchanged. So, after one meal you are pretty more stressed on your heart. You are pretty more stressed in your arteries and you're young, you're healthy so right now, not as big of a deal. Dr. Lisa Masterson: And we also know but not -- Dr. Jim Sears: But yeah -- just don’t eat that all the time. Dr. Travis Stork: But it’s also important -- one last thing is you both look equally healthy but we don’t think about what’s going on inside. We want to thank you so much for participating. Celine: Thank you, nice to be here. Caroline: Thank you, nice to be here.