Red wine is known for its heart-health benefits as well as offering protection against other diseases due to resveratrol. But it’s never been considered a dieter’s friend. After all just one 5-ounce serving is about

125 calories.




Now, according to everydayhealth.com, red wine may be among the latest weight-loss super foods. Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a compound in a variety of foods, including red wine, called piceatannol, which may actually help block the growth of new fat cells. In a press release the university said, in the long term this new information may potentially help treat obesity.


Red wine is known for its heart-health benefits as well as offering protection against other diseases due to resveratrol. But it’s never been considered a dieter’s friend. After all just one 5-ounce serving is about
125 calories.


Now, according to everydayhealth.com, red wine may be among the latest weight-loss super foods. Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a compound in a variety of foods, including red wine, called piceatannol, which may actually help block the growth of new fat cells. In a press release the university said, in the long term this new information may potentially help treat obesity.


The discovery, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, is that piceatannol alters the gene function of fat cells during the process in which early fat cells grow into mature cells. It takes immature fat cells,
called preadipocytes, about 10 days to go through the several steps required to become mature fat cells, in a process called adipogenesis. Once cells have completed adipogenesis, they are more difficult to shrink through a healthy diet and fat-burning exercise.
 

Researchers said in the same release that when piceatannol is present in the blood, adipogenesis is almost entirely stopped. If piceatannol really can keep fat cells from growing and maturing in adult humans, this could help prevent weight gain and perhaps promote weight loss in overweight adults.
 

Does that mean you should run out and buy a bottle of vino? Probably not.
 

Current the effects of the compound are too small to promote real weight-loss. Researchers warn the use of piceatannol, whether through food or supplements is still in the future. The next step is more research to see if piceatannol can be protected from digestion long enough to stop body fat gain in a measurable way.