Need a valid reason to drink more wine? We’ve got you covered.
According to a new study that builds off previous research in which a special extract found in grapes (and wine!) reduced weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet, researchers found that this extract works on human cells too — and now they think they know why.
In a laboratory setting, the researchers exposed human fat and liver cells to dark red grape extracts. The extracts appeared to slow the growth of fat cells and help the liver cells burn fat faster, which could explain how the same stuff had previously slowed weight gain in mice. Because fat overload in tissues and organs can increase your risk of heart failure, diabetes, obesity, and other potentially fatal health issues, anything that keeps excess fat out of your cells is a seriously good thing — especially if you’re already overweight or you eat a high-fat diet.
Study co-author Neil Shay, Ph.D., a food science and technology professor at Oregon State University,say that an antioxidant compound called ellagic acid, which naturally occurs in plain grapes, is to credit. Wine contains ellagic, too. However, There may be more ellagic acid in more common red wine varieties, like cabernet, merlot, and pinot noir, according to Shay, although there aren’t any studies on the amount of ellagic acid in specific grapes.
“If you’re out food shopping, and if you know a certain kind of fruit is good for a health condition you have, wouldn’t you want to buy that fruit?” Or, better yet, if you know red wine might have yet another mild health benefit, why not grab a glass? [Independent UK]