Can red wine give you six-pack abs?

5 Apr

Just when you thought it was safe to get on the treadmill, a new (as in, yesterday) study by Purdue University has concluded that a compound found in red wine can block the development of fat cells. This is great news for people like me, whose fat cells haven’t seen the inside of a gym in about two weeks. Not only that, but red wine as a weight loss tool beats the South Beach Diet, hands down.

Red wine. Better than Pilates.

In all seriousness, chicas y chicos, we’ve known about the health benefits of red wine since the 1980s, when someone thought to connect red wine consumption with the reason French people have healthier corazones than we do, despite devouring triple-creme Brie and buttery croissants with a certain je ne sais quoi that looks a lot like goose liver fat.

The French Paradox: Lab rats who drank whole milk got fatter than those who ate cheese. It's true - watch the 60 Minutes piece on YouTube.

But don’t take it from me. Go to YouTube and search for “French Paradox” to learn how drinking red wine can lead to a healthier heart.

Lest I digress and break into the Camembert, the Purdue researchers identified the fat-busting compound as piceatannol (say that 10 times fast), which, no surprise, is similar in structure to resveratrol, the red wine component that is believed to stave off cancer and heart disease.

Although Señorita Vino is a bit of a science geek, I promise not to get too technical here. In short, piceatannol prevents immature fat cells from  growing. I’ll drink to that.

Glorious. Rich. Creamy. Stinky. Delectable. Delicioso.

Now here’s El Disclaimer: I am not in any way advocating excessive red wine consumption as a weight loss program, so put down that bottle of Malbec. Gently. You might need it later. Common sense (and my husband) says that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and move more. As a matter of fact, piceatannol is found not only in red wine but in blueberries, grapes and passion fruit, proving once again that you really do need to eat your fruits and veggies.

But if a little sip here and there of my favorite Shiraz is sending the fat cells in my thighs into suspended animation, I say pass the queso, por favor!

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8 Responses to “Can red wine give you six-pack abs?”

  1. Sujeiry April 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Buying a bottle of red wine now…

    I need to get rid of these chichos whilst eating and sipping yummy food and wine!

  2. Bren Herrera April 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    now, this is the kind of post i love to read. pass the wine, cheese and everything in between. well, the fruits. what great information. Imm look up that Purdue research. I’m so interested.

  3. Carla @ All of Me Now April 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I’m currently obsessed with an organic red from Chile by Culpeo. Love knowing my evening glass is both good for my heart and my figure =) Thank you for this!

    • Pamela April 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion!

  4. AutismWonderland (@LaliQuin) April 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    I’m sipping on a glass right now. Let’s see if I can see a 2 pack tomorrow. One has to start somewhere.

  5. latinbabybookclub April 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Who knew? But I’ve been wanting to get in the habit of drinking a wee bit before bed because I know it helps people sleep better and is good for your heart. I just keep forgetting to pick up a bottle at the store!

    Someday…

  6. Comiendo en LA April 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Ayyyy señorita vino!! You make me very hungry!! Cheese and wine are my besties 🙂

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