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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!

The Last Sipper: Wines for the End of the World

21 May

An end-of-the-world toast, and a reminder that mañana is another day.

Here it is, the day the world ends, and I’m still in my Julius the Monkey pajamas, feeling woefully behind schedule: A couple of piles of laundry, some reading to catch up on, and a vacation to plan. It looks like I have until 6 p.m. tonight to get everything organized before a giant earthquake finally does what several Hollywood blockbusters have promised to do for decades – decimate Los Angeles. Talk about pressure.

Since no End of the World is complete without a well-curated wine list, here are my top three “Last Sipper” picks between now and 6 p.m. Today’s cataclysmic forecast may cause ATM malfunctions, so I chose three wines that won’t break the bank. On second thought, I guess it doesn’t matter because we won’t be around for the next credit card billing cycle:

  1. St. Supery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

The first time I tasted St. Supery’s Savuignon Blanc was on a business trip to Napa Valley, where our group was given the option of playing golf or going wine tasting as a ‘team building’ activity. Talk about no-brainer. Today I’ll relish the heady aroma of grapefruit and passionfruit, with a lime citrus flavor that is not too acidic, while I wax nostalgic about wine tasting excursions past. The long and refreshing finish is perfect for a sultry afternoon lunch at a beachside bistro over a plate of fresh clams and house-made pasta. If the marine layer blows over, I may have time to squeeze this in.

  1. 2006 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo

Ah, Italia…(El Sexist Remark Alert): In addition to gorgeous men, this country produces gorgeous wines. Yellow straw in color, this wine from southern Italy has a lingering white peach aroma with traces of vanilla and pear. Pleasantly crisp in the mouth with mineral elements, the full-bodied finish complemented my last meal in Ravello – a baked whitefish paired with roasted zucchini tossed with mint, olive oil and garlic – a meal I shared with my gorgeous husband.

  1. 2006 Dolce (Far Niente) Late Harvest, Napa Valley

What better way to end the world than with a decadent dessert wine. It’s a little pricey, but hey, you’re worth it. If you’re searching for the nectar of the gods, this is it. Gloriously golden and intoxicatingly heady, it was love at first sip for me. It’s an apricot orgy in the mouth, with a rich honey taste that pairs beautifully with an aged Gorgonzola or a fluffy white cake confection with loads of buttercream frosting. Fattening? Absolutamente. Look at it this way – if the world ends tonight, you don’t have to hit the gym tomorrow morning.

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