New research has found that resveratrol, an antioxidant found in berries, grapes and other fruit could help you with your weight loss efforts.
How does resveratrol work?
Resveratrol is a type of antioxidant called a polyphenol that can help to convert the white fat cells found in your body into brown or beige fat cells.
These brown and beige fat cells are easier for your body to break down, so your overall body fat percentage will drop.
What research was undertaken?
In the study published in the International Journal of Obesity a team of researchers from Washington State University fed mice a high fat diet, with some also given resveratrol.
The researchers found that those mice given the resveratrol gained around 40% less weight than those not given the antioxidant.
Lead researcher, Professor Min Du had this to say about the discovery:
“Polyphenols in fruit, including resveratrol, increase gene expression that enhances the oxidation of dietary fats so the body won’t be overloaded.”
“They convert white fat into beige fat which burns lipids (fats) off as heat – helping to keep the body in balance and prevent obesity and metabolic dysfunction.”
Certain types of berries and fruit contain more polyphenol content than others, which makes them more effective at fat burning.
“In reality, it’s the total polyphenolic content that is more important. We think you can increase your total intake of polyphenol compounds by directly increasing fruit consumption.”
To increase the amount of polyphenols you consume, you should try eating more of the following:
Previous research has suggested that red wine could aid fat burning, and while it does contain resveratrol. It only contains a fraction of the amount found in grapes themselves.
Unfortunately the beneficial polyphenols are removed during the process of producing wine. This as well as the added fibre content of whole fruit is why fresh fruit is always the best choice.