The next time you care to indulge in a glass of red wine, just explain to people that you’re doing your bit in the battle against obesity.
Recent research has found that a chemical in red wine may be able to stop the development of fat cells, and it could possibly be turned into an anti-obesity drug.
Purdue Newsroom reported that in the study, Kee-Hong Kim, an assistant professor of food science, found that the compound piceatannol blocks an immature fat cell's ability to develop and spread.
Piceatannol is similar to resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, grapes and peanuts that is believed to fight cancer and heart disease. After it is eaten, resveratrol is converted to piceatannool. Piceatannol can also be found in varying amounts in red grape seeds and skin, blueberries, and passion fruit, among other fruits.
Kim said, "In the presence of piceatannol, you can see delay or complete inhibition of adipogenesis.” Adipogenesis occurs when early fat cells become mature fat cells.
According to the Telegraph, Kim said he wants to test the idea using animal model obesity to see if it offers the same benefits.
As far as any regular consumption of red wine, Kim told Shape Magazine, "According to The Mayo Clinic, wine, particularly red wine, in moderation, has long been thought to promote health. However, the detrimental role of alcohol in health, when consumed in a large amount, should be warned."