Each time a scientific study concludes that alcohol consumption may offer health benefits, people rejoice. Who does not want to believe that occasional, or occasionally, cocktail, glass of wine or a bottle of beer not only enhance your mood, but also improve your health?
When these studies find that red wine can enhance memory or beer can defend against neurodegenerative diseases, it is only human nature to want to raise one or two glasses and toast to those intelligent scientists that we only got a license for a bit drunk. If you read beyond the headlines, however, you will often find that a concept always stood out: moderation. Moderation rare turn leads to tipsy.
The latest study to find health benefits alcohol is sure to get people excited at first sight red wine can help weight loss. Just before Valentine's Day, when all the corks are popping weekend, we are told that the wine we drink can cancel your box of chocolates we eat. It is the miracle of Valentine. Or is it?
Of course, much as we would like that to be true, it is not. What is certain is that a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that consumption of small amounts of red wine can help burn fat. Take note of two words in the last sentence: small and power.
It is a small amount of regular red wine that could help with the "fat burning capacity of the liver and therefore make it easier to lose weight." No alcohol is the contributing factor, either. It is ellagic acid, an antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables, including muscadine grapes in the wine used for the study.
The tests found that the liver cells and human fat cultured in a laboratory were affected positively by ellagic acid. It helped reduce the growth of existing fat cells and prevents the growth of new ones. No studies were performed in humans. Not one person has lost weight while drinking red wine during this study because people were not a part of it.
I'll keep popping a cork on this Valentine's Day, but I'll be waiting to rule out any treats that will eat. Both wine and food should be in moderation.