Can drinking wine zap fat cells?

12 Oct

Chicas y chicos, the week got away from me and here it is Saturday! One of my least favorite Saturday activities is going to the gym. As I write these lines, I’m trying to will myself off my Asti Spumante to go burn off last night’s bacchanalian feast. For now, I’m re-blogging a post from last year about a Purdue study that may have you reaching for that bottle of red vino. ¡Salud!

Just when you thought it was safe to get on the treadmill, a 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.

In all seriousness, 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.

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.

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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2 Responses to “Can drinking wine zap fat cells?”

  1. lordsofthedrinks October 13, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Wonderful article! I start to believe that red wine is a magic elixer since besides the benefits you described it’s also great for the mental health! 😀

    http://lordsofthedrinks.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/feeling-depressed-have-some-red-wine/

    • Pamela October 14, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Yes, absolutely! Wine instantly puts me in a good mood. Thanks for sharing, LOTD!

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