Red Wine — And, OK, Grape Juice Too — Might Help You Burn Fat

Everybody’s heard (and perhaps too enthusiastically held on to?) the old maxim that a glass of red wine is good for your heart. And now, in new research that makes for a very happy headline, a small, proof-of-concept study suggests that the very same glass could maybe, sorta help overweight people burn fat, too.

Publishing in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers from Oregon State University found that grape intake (in the form of both juice and wine) repressed the growth of existing fat cells and slowed the development of new ones. The researchers pinpointed ellagic acid, a compound found in grapes and other fruits and vegetables, as one of the chemicals that helps cells metabolize fat and sugar.

To conduct the study, researchers observed mice who had developed fatty liver and diabetic symptoms from previously being fed a high fat diet, building on previous experiments in an ongoing study. “They’re a good model for the sedentary person who eats too much snack food and doesn’t get enough exercise,” Dr. Neil Shay, the study’s co-author, said in a statement. Over a 10 week period, one group of mice were fed grape extracts in —> Read More Here


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