Can you lose weight with a glass of red wine?
Yes, Red wine can be a fat burner. As, there’s a compound in red wine, grapes, blueberries and passion fruit that blocks immature fat cells’ ability to develop and grow, and hence help you lose weight, informs a study by researchers from Purdue University published in this week’s issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
The said compound, Similar in structure to resveratrol –- vaunted as the heart-healthy agent — piceatannol in red wine is also thought to help protect the body against cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Resveratrol is converted to piceatannol in humans after consumption. Interesting thing is, this piceatannol could also play an important role in controlling obesity; as researchers observed it acting as a fat blaster in young cells.
According to lead researcher Kee-Hong Kim,
“Piceatannol actually alters the timing of gene expressions, gene functions and insulin action during adipogenesis, the process in which early stage fat cells become mature fat cells, In the presence of piceatannol, you can see delay or complete inhibition of adipogenesis.”
To say in simple: The compound blocks the pathways necessary for immature fat cells to mature and grow.
Piceatannol is also found in in red grape seeds and skin, blueberries and passion fruit.
The study findings will especially attract women struggling with Obesity; as a study published in the beginning of 2012 and published in the Journal of Women’s Health found that drinking red wine in moderation may reduce the risk for breast cancer. The finding which made the researchers advise women to consider replacing their glass of white wine with red one for the health benefits.