Red Wine Can Aid Weight Loss, Science Says
We've happily embraced the plentiful science telling us about the antioxidant effects of a nightly glass of red wine (and have, um, strategically ignored the studies that suggest otherwise).

But researchers might have just outdone themselves in the pro-wine arena: According to a new study from Oregon State University, red wine can support a healthy metabolism, aid liver function, and even help burn fat.

Neil Shay, one of the researchers on the study, notes that this is not an excuse to call red wine a weight loss miracle. (Darn.) "We didn't find, and we didn't expect to, that these compounds would improve body weight," he said.

However, the compounds in dark grapes can be particularly helpful for overweight people who suffer from fatty liver, a reversible problem that can cause an array of other complications if left untreated.

In the study, two groups of mice were fed the same high-fat diet. One group of mice was also given extracts of Pinot Noir grapes—and this group accumulated less liver fat and had a lower blood sugar over the trial period.

Ultimately, Shay said, the point of his work is to prove that everyday foods can benefit a variety of health conditions.

"If you're out food shopping, and if you know a certain kind of fruit is good for a health condition you have, wouldn't you want to buy that fruit?" Or that wine? Yes, we would.

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