Is a Glass of Red Wine Really Equivalent to an Hour at the Gym?

There have been numerous studies on the health benefits of an occasional glass of vino, suggesting that a glass of red wine a day can be good for your heart and reduce the risk of developing dementia or certain cancers.
Now, after research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada found that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, can have similar health benefits to an hour of moderate exercise and may enhance exercise training and performance, a new study by Oregon State University suggests that drinking red wine in moderation could improve the health of overweight people by helping them “burn fat better.”
Red wine helping burn fat better? Go on…
According to the study, consuming dark-colored grapes, whether eating them or drinking juice or wine, might help people better manage obesity and related metabolic disorders such as fatty liver.

In the study, human liver and fat cells were exposed to extracts of natural chemicals found in Muscadine grapes. One of the chemicals, ellagic acid, dramatically “slowed the growth of existing fat cells and formation of new ones” while boosting metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.

According to Neil Shay, a biochemist and molecular biologist at OSU who was part of the study, these plant chemicals are not a weight-loss miracle. However, by boosting the burning of fat, especially in the liver, they may improve liver function in overweight people. ”If we could develop a dietary strategy for reducing the harmful accumulation of fat in the liver, using common foods like grapes,” Shay said, “that would be good news.”
So, maybe having a glass of wine a day isn’t exactly like getting in a great strength training or cardio workout, but you can enjoy both in moderation at Koko FitClub. Check out a wine and cheese night at a club near you! Contact your local Koko FitClub for details.
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer, Koko FitClub


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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer

Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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