I just love when I read that wine, chocolate and butter can help you lose weight. Not that I did not know that being the brainy gourmet, of course I knew/know. Now, others are just waking up to that. Here is what they have to say.
Pour the wine, because there’s ample evidence to suggest a glass of wine a few times a week could aid weight loss. The benefits come from chemicals found in grape skins. One compound, ellagic acid, has been shown to change the way “fat genes” express themselves, boosting the metabolism and slowing the growth of existing and new fat cells. More research suggests another healthy ingredient in wine—resveratrol—could help to counter some of the negative effects associated with lack of exercise, like muscle-loss and blood sugar sensitivities.
As for chocolate, if just making you happy isn't enough!
And, Julia Child was right: Butter, and other high fat dairy products, are nothing to fear. In fact, real butter—particularly grass-fed—is an excellent source of fatty acids that can support weight loss. One acid, butyrate, which actually derives its name from the Greek word “butter,” can help dieters by improving the function of mitochondria—the “batteries” in your cells that essentially keep you young. Another fatty acid, conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, is actually sold commercially as a fat-burning supplement.