According to a new study recently published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, drinking red wine in small quantities could help burn fat. While previous studies have demonstrated that drinking a single glass of red wine decreases the risk of specific cardiovascular issues.
The antioxidants found in red wine can help one’s heart. More recent research reveals drinking wine may also aid in losing weight.
For this recent research project, an investigative team of scientists studied human fat and liver cells grown in a laboratory. They exposed the tissues to the extract of four natural chemicals present in Muscadine grapes. These grapes are a dark red fruit that grows in the south-eastern US.
The group of researchers learned that ellagic acid, a natural phenol antioxidant present in different vegetables and fruit, helped to significantly stunt the growth of existing fat cells. It also aided in preventing the growth of new ones. Mind you, the scientists caution their study does in no way condone drinking red wine to excess.
Neil Shay, biochemist and molecular biologist at the Oregon State University, said in a press release: “We did not expect, and we did not find, these compounds to improve body weight. If we could develop a dietary strategy for reducing the harmful accumulation of fat in the liver, using common foods like grapes, then it would be good news.”
Shay and his teammates hope future studies will help develop a specific dietary strategy. They could then suggest the selection of proper foods for obese or overweight patients who are still struggling with their weight despite their present treatments.
Shay concludes: “We are trying to validate the specific contributions of certain foods for health benefits. If you’re out food shopping and if you know a certain kind of fruit is good for a health conditions you have, wouldn’t you want to buy that fruit?”
Drinking Red Wine Burns Fat?