The Ideal Wine Company recently discovered that a debate is currently raging throughout the medical world over the health effects of red wine. Can your favourite tipple help you lose weight?
Wonders of resveratrol
You must be familiar with the drill by now. Every few weeks, the national press will latch on to another study that shows that drinking red wine can improve your health. This is because it contains something called resveratrol.
This is an anti-oxidant compound that’s found in the skin of grapes, blueberries, raspberries and mulberries. Various research has shown that it has a range of health benefits, from improving physical fitness and curing acne to acting as a memory aid and even improving your attractiveness.
Weight loss aid
According to the Independent, research conducted by experts at Washington State University has proved that resveratrol can now act as a weight loss aid as well. They discovered that it has the ability to turn “white” fat into active “brown” fat, which burns calories.
The researchers proved this by dosing mice with the same amount of resveratrol that a human would consume if they ate 12 pieces of fruit in one day. The experts discovered that these mice gained 40% less weight than the ones who didn’t receive dosages of resveratrol.
This finding has been contended by the NHS. Decanter reported that the Health Service went on record saying that with the research in question “based on mice studies only, we don’t know whether resveratrol will have the same effect in people.”
So does this mean that red wine can help you lose weight? The jury’s still out on that one but you could always help clear up the confusion by trying the theory out for yourself.
We sell a fantastic collection of luxury Bordeaux wines here at the Ideal Wine Company. This historic French wine making region is known for creating some of the most scintillating reds the world has ever known. You could buy one and see whether red wine really does help you lose weight; even if it doesn’t, you’ll have a great time trying to solve the question!