An article in the Daily Mail profiled 1000 women who claim that drinking wine helps keep their weight down and curb bad eating habits. One of them was Linda Monk, a 47-year-old woman who says she lost six pounds in three weeks. She credits using wine as a “bedtime snack” to satiate cravings for “sweets, biscuits, and chocolate”.
But doesn’t a glass of wine have the same calories as a slice of cake?
While people fret over the calories in a glass of wine, it’s not so bad when compared to other choices.
Turns out wine isn’t such a bad choice compared to other alcoholic drinks (source)
Studies on top of studies
Maybe you don’t fully subscribe to some anecdotes from British housewives and you’re thinking these winos will come up with anything to justify their habits. However, there’s plenty of legit science supporting these claims.
A Washington State University study pins resveratrol as the compound responsible for most of the reported benefits. Scientists gave mice amounts of resveratrol equivalent to humans consuming 12 ounces of fruit per day. They found that despite a high fat diet, the mice gained 40% less weight than animals not fed resveratrol.
“Drinking two medium glasses of wine a day or more gave the women an incredible 70 per cent reduction in obesity risk.”
Professor Min Du, from Washington State Univesity, US, said: “Polyphenols in fruit, including resveratrol, increase gene expression that enhances the oxidation of dietary fats so the body won’t be overloaded. They convert white fat into beige fat which burns lipids (fats) off as heat, helping to keep the body in balance and prevent obesity and metabolic dysfunction. We are using resveratrol as a representative for all the polyphenols.”
Now your inner skeptic is thinking, “sure, another so-called study supporting some new diet fad…”. We get it. But this wasn’t some fly by night study. It was very comprehensive by all accounts, taking place over 13 years and involving 20,000 participants.
In layman’s terms, drinking wine prevents fat cells from getting fatter.