June 17, 2008 — An antioxidant found in red wine and grapes known as resveratrol — already thought to help keep the heart healthy and ward off cancer — may also turn out to be a fat fighter, according to new research.
They exposed some fat cells to resveratrol and did not expose a comparison group of fat cells to the antioxidant. “Forty hours is the normal doubling time [of pre-fat cells],” Wabitsch says. “At 48 hours, the pre-fat cells in the control dish had more than doubled. In the resveratrol dish, the number of pre-fat cells had decreased by 40% to 45%,” he tells WebMD.
The volume of fat cells exposed to the resveratrol was also less, he says, in effect producing skinnier fat cells. Exposure to the resveratrol also reduced the secretion of substances called interleukin 6 and 8, which may be linked to the development of diabetes and clogged arteries, both thought to be obesity-related problems. Wabitsch says the finding is consistent with the theory that red wine’s resveratrol explains the so-called French paradox — the observation that French people, who eat a relatively high-fat diet but enjoy their red wine, have a low death rate from heart disease.
There is more research to be done. And please let us not forget that red wine contains calories. We can not sit on the couch and drink vats of red wine and become super model skinny. On the other hand if I could drink a glass with dinner instead of saving it for a special occassion and my fat cells become skinny cells, well I’m all for that!
To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine… and those who don’t
As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.
In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) – bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.
However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health.
Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of sh#*& (poop).
There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I’m doing it as a public service.
Looking for a reasonable night out, that supports a good cause, check out Spring Hollow’s Wine Tasting Fundraiser below… This is the school the twins will be attending in the fall and maybe even sooner. My post from Watercooler Wednesday on Cultivating the Youngest of Artists is the reason we are attending this school plain and simple.
I had a passion for drawing and painting early on as a child & my daughter is carrying on that trait. She will sometimes cry to paint or play with playdough even before breakfast. I am blessed to have found a place that will embrace her spirit and her passion as it should be, while meeting the needs of my son as well. He is my architect in the making or maybe he will be a demo man because he loves to destroy everything he builds immediately whether it is 3 inches or 3 feet high. But he is my builder. They will thrive in this environment and I am grateful that it exists so close to us. Come join us for an evening of wine, music & friends!
Wine & Cheese Tasting 2008
organized by the Friends of Spring Hollow Community Learning Center
Saturday, March 29
7:00 – 9:00 pm
at Garden Club Estates Model Home
119 Snapdragon Court
Franklin, TN, 37067