A report written by a leading journal in nutritional biochemistry has suggested grape juice and red wine consumption burns fat, helping overweight people lose weight more easily. It suggests that eating more grapes can also help them overcome metabolic disorders such as fat on their livers and improve their health. A research team at Oregon State University found that dark-colored grapes, whether consumed or drunk, could benefit overweight people by blocking harmful fat deposits.
Chemical proprieties in grapes such as Ellagic acid proved to be potent and were shown to slow the growth of fat cells while also boosting metabolism within other cells. Biochemists who co-authored the study, said that the proprieties discovered should not be considered a one-stop solution for weight loss. Researchers state that developing a dietary strategy for removing harmful fat in the body using grapes could aid overweight people in reaching their weight loss goals.
In the study, researchers built on a former study at the college which supplemented the diets of overweight mice with extracts from a separate grape group, grapes were paired to meet the mice’s current food needs. Certain mice were allowed mouse food, containing a small percentage of fat and the study’s remaining group were given a high-fat diet – the type of diet that which causes weight gain on a human body frame. The university study lasted over several weeks and showed overweight mice developed a variety of health risk symptoms that are normally seen in many overweight sedentary people. Results of the study were unexpected due to grapes surprising ability to counteract the effects of the study group’s weight gain.
The study provided lab-grown human liver and fat cells to four natural chemicals found in Muscadine grapes. The grape group is native to the United States, the red variety and are the key ingredient in most red wines. The grapes appeared to aid mice in reducing their accumulation of fat in their livers and even helped some mice achieve the same blood sugar level as the mice being fed the normal diet. This study helped prove the discovery that red wine consumption burns fat.
The heavier mice that had red wine grape extracts stored up much less fat in their livers while also enjoying the added benefit of lower blood sugar levels than the mice who’d consumed the fattier diet. While red wine and grape consumption could burn fat, it does not forego making solid lifestyle that could benefit health. Red wine has also been linked to other health benefits, including reducing memory loss in elderly people and lowering rates of certain cancers. Report researchers were clear to say people should not think that red wine consumption burns fat and then forgo other dietary changes necessary to maintain weight loss. Researchers conducted the study to try to validate the specific contributions of certain foods for health benefits. The idea is to be able to lessen dependence on medications with a solid diet that will get people on the road to a healthier life. By discovering the benefits of red wine plus grapes, consumers could be on their way to a healthier life each time they visit their local supermarket.
By Tara Newlands
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