Oh yes you read the headline right! Drinking red wine is equivalent to hitting the gym for an hour. Now that it is scientifically proved would anyone stay away from the elixer of diet? Drinking red wine could help burn fat, says new study.
Scientific researchers at Canada’s Univerisity of Alberta discovered a natural compound called resveratrol in nuts, grapes and none other than red wine. Principal investigator, Jason Dyck, and his team found that high doses of resveratrol in mice improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength.
Now that science proves the beneficial effects of drinking wine, who would dare to argue?
Jason told Science Daily, “Resveratrol showed results similar to what you would see from extensive endurance exercise training… I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”
In the study that looked at resveratrol and workout performance, researchers used the equivalent of 146 milligrams of resveratrol per kilogram of body weight per day. In one glass of red wine, there is a about 0.29 to 1.89 milligrams of resveratrol per 5 fluid ounces (a serving), says Lauren Schmitt, registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and owner of Healthy Eating And Training Inc.
“That being said, a human being could never consume that dose from red wine and exercise safely,” she says. “A resveratrol supplement would be necessary.”
“On a night out, you may want to choose red wine for it’s health benefits, but I would not rely on it for your workout,” she says.
But that does not mean you can gulp down an entire bottle of wine within a night. This only works with one glass a day – three glasses don’t count as a three hour gym session so the key is moderation.
Red wine reduces ‘bad cholesterol’, prevent blood clots, decreases risk of cataracts, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes and slows down brain decline.
This is applicable only for red wine and white wine will have to wait till a new study or discovery is made!