Wine lovers rejoice! If you were thinking about going ‘cold turkey’ following (slightly) too many Christmas indulgences, you might want to think again…

Research has shown that an ingredient in grapes, berries and red wine can turn excess flab into calorie-burning “brown” fat.

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The Telegraph reports that the discovery suggests diets containing the substance, resveratrol, may help combat obesity. That’s us sorted then.

Scientists gave mice amounts of resveratrol equivalent to humans consuming 12 ounces of fruit per day. They found that despite a high fat diet, the mice gained 40% less weight than animals not fed the compound.

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The research showed that the mice were able to change their excess white fat to active “brown” or “beige” fat which reduces weight gain by burning up calories. Other “polyphenol” chemicals in fruit may have a similar effect, the scientists believe.

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and apples are especially rich in the compounds. Twelve ounces amounts to about two or three servings.

Red wines such as merlot or cabinet sauvignon are known to contain resveratrol, but at a fraction of the levels found in grapes, Lead researcher Professor Min Du, from Washington State Univesity, US, pointed out. “Many of the beneficial polyphenos are insoluble and get filtered out during the wine production process,” he said.

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The findings are reported in the International Journal of Obesity – and we have been warned to ‘drink responsibly’…

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