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Grapes and wine ‘could help to burn off fat quicker’

9th February 2015

Consuming red grapes could be helpful in fighting off obesity by aiding the body to burn off fat more efficiently, according to new research.

The Oregon State University study has indicated that dark-colored grapes, when eaten or drunk in juice or wine, can help people better manage obesity and related metabolic disorders such as fatty liver.

In the research, human liver and fat cells were exposed to extracts of four natural chemicals found in Muscadine grapes, with one – ellagic acid – shown to dramatically slow the growth of existing fat cells and the formation of new ones, while boosting the metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.

These findings were confirmed in studies conducted with mice and could pave the way for new healthy diet recommendations.

Neil Shay, a biochemist and molecular biologist at Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences, said: "If we could develop a dietary strategy for reducing the harmful accumulation of fat in the liver using common foods like grapes, that would be good news."

This comes after a recent Texas study determined that a compound found in red grapes may also help prevent age-related decline in memory.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801774436-ADNFCR

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