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Chemical in Red Wine Helps to Burn Fat

According to a new study, ellagic acid retards the growth of fat cells, and slows down the formation of new ones. It also boosts the metabolism of fatty acids in the liver. In a 10-week trial, scientists fed high-fat “mouse chow” to mice. Half were also given extracts from Pinot noir grapes. The chubby mice who ate the grape extracts stored less liver fat and had lower blood sugar than mice who had only the fatty diet. They also had higher levels of proteins known to metabolize fat and sugar in cells. — Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Jan 2015