Three American universities just released a study proving that wine cuts belly fat. The results are the same for consuming red grape juice. Previously when on a diet, wine was one of the last things consumed. This was especially true when the daily caloric intake was already met. Either water or unsweetened tea would be one of the two beverages allowed. Now science proves that drinking a little wine can help dispense with that belly fat.
Weight gained around the midsection indicates not only belly fat but visceral fat gain. Visceral fat is dangerous because it leads to colorectal cancer, heart disease and Type-2 diabetes. Although visceral fat is often the result of unhealthy diet, the stress hormone cortisol can also increases the amount of visceral fat in the body.
Scientists discover that wine in moderation helps overweight people reduce their belly fat while managing metabolic disorders such as fatty liver. Ironically, fatty liver disease can come from an overconsumption of alcoholic beverages. It also results from eating too many fatty foods, which can lead to diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Fatty liver disease can also come from consuming too much high fructose corn syrup. It is also a genetic disease found in some Native American tribes.
Two different types of grapes were used in the experiment. Scientist exposed the fatty liver to four elements extracted from the Muscadine red grape. The ellagic acid in the grape, also found in many other fruits and vegetables, retarded the growth of fat cells while inhibited the growth of new fat cells. Additionally, the ellagic acid boosted the metabolism of fatty acid in the liver cells, dispensing of it quickly. Researchers also used pinot noir grapes, feeding them to overweight rats. After the study, those rats had less fat on their liver as well as a lower blood sugar.
The task for the average overweight person is to increase the way the liver burns fat, which will help improve liver function and decrease visceral fat. Neil Shay, a researcher who conducted the study, would like to use the information culled from his research to create workable diets for people prone to obesity. A glass of any different types of red grape wine seems like a great way to start. Decreasing the amount of fatty foods consumed is another.
Wine has long been known to improve both the heart and brain function. The resveratrol in merlots and cabernet sauvignons protects the heart from disease as it prevents obesity by retarding the growth of fat cells. In this way it prevents heart inflammation. Resveratrol also benefits the brain. Found in the skin of the grape, resveratrol helps boost memory by stimulating the hippocampus. This new discovery that wine cuts belly fat is welcome, and not surprising.
An important take away is that although wine cuts belly fat, it should be consumed in moderation. Too many calories, either from foods or wine, will aid weight to your frame. Two glasses per days amounts to only 250 calories, but if you have already met your daily caloric requirement, those two glasses can be problematic. Any extra calories consumed will end up on your belly, leading to even more visceral fat. A study published in Biomed Health Central suggests no more than five glasses of wine per week.
By Danielle Branch
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