Drinking Red Wine Makes You Skinnier, Says Science

We knew it.

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It doesn't matter how crazy or wild your day has been — everyone knows that curling up with a glass of red wine at the end of the night is always a good idea.

Now, science has given us one more reason why our boozy mornings (because it's happy hour somewhere, right?) benefit our health, because red wine and weight loss are connected.

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Even though we don't need another reason to have a glass of wine, being able to drink our way to weight loss is the first really awesome way to shed a few pounds.

All you have to do is get tipsy and the weight falls right off.

Well, it might be a little more complex than that.

Does drinking red wine make you skinnier?

According to a family planning health organization, red wine makes you skinnier, lowers your blood sugar, and reduces your liver fat.

The 2015 study conducted by Harvard University "tracked a group of 20,000 women for 13 years and concluded that women who drank two glasses of wine a day were less likely to be obese. Other studies have confirmed that red wine can help the body burn fat."


It's interesting to note that these women's risk of becoming obese was lowered by about 70 percent, especially when you take into consideration the countless studies that have been published saying the opposite.

In another 2015 study conducted by Oregon State's College of Agricultural Studies, researchers found that ellagic acid (which helps your body burn fat) is to blame for your shrinking waistline. 

Researchers fed mice in this experiment. The first group was given high-fat food, and the other was also given extracts from Pinot noir grapes.

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Researchers found that the mice who at the grape extracts stored less fat in their liver and their blood sugar was lower than the mice who were not given the grape extracts, who also had higher levels of proteins or metabolized fat and sugar in their bodies.


The researchers went on to say that "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... Burning more fat in the liver improves liver function in overweight people.”

We always knew that downing a glass (or two) of red wine after a long day was most likely good for our health, but now, science has thankfully backed those facts up.

Go ahead and drink your wine at six in the morning — it’s for the good of your health, of course. And who could forget that red wine makes you skinnier?

There’s nothing like the sensation of winding down with a glass of wine before bed.


But before you hit the bottom of the bottle, remember that moderation is probably your safest bet. Happy buzz!

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Cassandra Rose is a writer with a focus on entertainment and trending topics. She's a former contributor to YourTango.