Research has shown that an ingredient in grapes, berries and red wine can help you lose weight.
They all contain an ingredient which has been found capable of turning flab into calorie-burning ‘brown’ fat. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity recorded what happened when scientists gave mice amounts of resveratrol equivalent to humans consuming 12 ounces of fruit per day. They discovered that the mice gained 40 per cent less weight than rodents which were not fed the resveratrol.
Scientists behind the study believe that the mice were able to change their excess ‘white’ fat to active ‘brown’ fat which burns calories and in turn reduces weight gain. The research suggests that other ‘polyphenol’ chemicals in fruit may have a similar effect.
According to the lead researcher, prof Min Du, berries like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and grapes are good sources of this substances, as well as apples, and to a lesser extent, red wine.
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