Drinking red wine or grape juice could help you lose weight by slowing the growth of fat cells, according to researchers in America.
Wine could help burn fat in the liver
The study was conducted by scientists from three American universities and was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
The research discovered that drinking red wine or grape juice in moderation had a positive effect helping obese people improve their health. It was found to be particularly effective against metabolic disorders such as fatty liver.
Scientists tested four natural chemics from a common variety of dark-red grapes called Muscadine on a lab-grown human liver and fat cells.
The results showed that the fat cells’ growth slowed down significantly and the rate of which new cells appeared also decreased. In addition the metabolism of fatty acids in the liver cells was improved.
A chemical, ellagic acid, was identified as being more effective than the rest. Ellagic acid is a natural phenol antioxidant that can be found in a variety of fruit and vegetables.
One of the lead researchers from the University of Oregon, biochemist and molecular biologist Neil Shay, warned that drinking in moderation was essential. Shay also warned that it was not a weight-loss mechanism used in isolation.
He said: “We didn't find, and we didn't expect to, that these compounds would improve body weight but by boosting the burning of fat, especially in the liver, they may improve liver function in overweight people.
“If we could develop a dietary strategy for reducing the harmful accumulation of fat in the liver, using common foods like grapes would be good news."
Shay was previously involved in a separate research project that found that Pinot noir grapes helped mice develop less fat in their livers and lower their blood sugar.
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