New study suggest a moderate consumption of dark grapes may help burn fat.
Want another reason to have that glass of wine at dinner? New research may be your talking point, as researchers have uncovered an indirect link between moderate wine consumption and fat burning. The research study was done by the Oregon State University and results published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry under the title “Ellagic acid modulates lipid accumulation in primary human adipocytes and human hepatoma Huh7 cells via discrete mechanisms.”
The research centered not on wine in particular but on dark coloured grapes. Researchers found that consuming dark coloured grapes or products made from these grapes is correlated to weight loss and in paprticular, in our body’s ability to burn fat. They also found that it helped prevent or manage metabolic disorders.
One of the co-researchers, biochemist Neil Shay, used Muscadine grapes to extract its natural chemicals and then expose them to human liver and fat cells found in humans. Ellagic acid was found to be particularly powerful in terms of fat burning. It slowed the growth of preexisting fat cells and halted the growth of new ones. The idea is that these chemicals will have a significant metabolic effect on those who have other metabolic disorders. Therefore, it is not a method of losing weight in and of itself, but may help speed up a person’s metabolism.
This research is related to a previous study done by Shay and his graduate students at Oregon State University’s laboratory. They set up an experiment with obese rats to test whether or not dietary substitutes with grapes would cause any significant results. In the experimental group, he used a set of mice which had a 60 per cent fat content diet. He used a control group of a set of mice which had only 10 per cent of fat content. Some of the rats received a portion of grapes in their diet, which would be equivalent to about one and half cups of grapes per day for an adult human being.
After a 10-week period, the mice that were fed the fatty diet were found to have many problems associated with obese patients such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and liver disease. The mice that were fed the high fat diet and the supplement of grapes were found to have less fat on their liver and lower blood sugar, almost the same levels as the mice that were fed the 10 per cent fat diet.
Shay and his colleagues’ goal is to help make people better understand which foods contribute to a healthier life. They hope that his research will help us combine this finding in dietary habits and form healthier paths.
His study is not meant to dissuade people from using medications but rather point the way to what could be more beneficial eating habits.
“We are trying to validate the specific contributions of certain foods for health benefits,” said Shay.