Back in 2015, the brilliant researchers at WSU discovered that a small amount of red wine before can help with weight loss. How is this possible? Dreams come true for most of us, right? We can give thanks to the polyphenol, resveratrol.
Resveratrol can help transform white fat into beige fat. White fat can be more difficult to burn, used to store energy, and tends to expand when there is weight gain. Beige fat burns energy to help keep our bodies warm and is much easier to burn than white fat. According to the Mayo Clinic, resveratrol is good for the heart too and helps prevent damage to blood vessels, lessens bad cholesterol, hinder blood clot formation, as well as lessen the risk of other factors that lead to heart disease.
Why is it recommended that you drink red instead of white wine? The process in which red wine is created the grape skins (where resveratrol can be found) are allowed to ferment longer than they do with white wine. It is also recommended that you only have one glass of red and not much more because too much can disrupt sleep which can mess with your hormones creating an increase in appetite which defeats the whole purpose.
Not much of a wine drinker? That is okay! As mentioned before, resveratrol is in the skin of the grapes; so eating 3 servings of raw fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, and of course grapes are a fantastic substitute.
With the warmer weather, perhaps sipping on red sangria filled with berries is in order! You know, for health reasons. Cheers to losing weight and maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle!
Here is a recipe for a Summer Berry Sangria!
Serving size 4-6
1/4 cup dark honey, like wildflower or buckwheat
1/2 cup cherry brandy
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blackberries
1 (750-ml) bottle Pinot Noir wine
Club soda, chilled (optional)
Place the honey in a small microwave-safe bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon of water. Microwave in 15-second bursts, stirring between each burst, just long enough to loosen it and make it easier to mix evenly into the brandy. Transfer to a pitcher.
Add the brandy and stir until evenly combined. Add the blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Add the wine and gently stir. You may serve this at room temperature as a still sangria, or chilled and served topped with chilled club soda over ice. Be sure each serving gets some berries too.
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