Sorry Ladies, Red Wine Doesn’t Decrease Fat

Drink red wine because the polyphenols will reduce body fat!

…or at least they increase insulin sensitivity?

These phrases have been bouncing around for some time and have gotten wine lovers crazy over reds. Unfortunately, a new study released in the journal of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism shows that polyphenols from red wine don’t do anything to decrease fat…or increase insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity is important because it’s linked to excessive body fat. Theoretically, if our bodies are more sensitive to insulin, they will be able to use sugar as fuel instead of storing them in rolls under the skin.

You can find the study here but the summary goes like this.

29 people were randomly assigned to take 600 mg of polyphenols a day for 8 weeks and the other group did not. Insulin sensitivity was measured before and after and there was no significant difference between the two groups.

So as now…unfortunately, no, red wine doesn’t help you lose fat.

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