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The wine diet?

wine‘Wine lovers rejoice!’ cried the Telegraph. ‘It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for’ proclaimed the Metro

A new study seems to suggest that drinking red wine can help us to lose weight. Only it doesn’t.

Several newspapers reported recently the findings from a US study which showed the antioxidant called resveretrol – found in grapes, berries and red wine – helps turn our flab into calorie-burning ‘brown’ fat.

Trouble is, the resveretrol content in red wine is very low (most of it gets filtered out during the wine production process). Wine is also actually high in calories – a bottle of red has well over 500 calories – meaning that drinking lots of it will likely mean piling on the pounds.

The reality is that, if you want to lose weight, the best way to do it is to moderate your alcohol intake, eat fresh fruit and vegetables and take regular exercise.

Read the NHS review of the study and find out more about alcohol and weight gain.

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