It is a well-known fact that red wine has many beneficial effects on our health. However, not everyone knows that this beloved drink also seems to help prevent obesity. Today, on Obesity Day, the world day dedicated to the prevention and treatment of obesity, we give you all the information on this subject.
The Research of King’s College London
Researchers Dr. Caroline Le Roy and Prof. Tim Spector at King’s College London have led an interesting study. It shows that consumers of red wine develop a more diversified intestinal microflora. This is in comparison to consumers of other alcoholic beverages such as white wine and beer. The polyphenols in red wine act as a universal remedy for many beneficial bacteria and fungi found in the intestine. They help rebalance the relationship between ”good bacteria” and ”bad bacteria”. This results in important help to the immune system and it also helps control weight and bad cholesterol.
The research was published in the specialised journal Gastroenterology. It was carried out in a group of 458 pairs of twins from the United Kingdom. They were asked to drink beer, cider, red wine, white wine, and other alcoholic beverages. The beneficial effects in the intestinal microbiome were only verified in women who drank red wine. To reach their conclusion, the researchers also took other factors into account, such as age, weight, daily diet, and socioeconomic status.
However, do bear in mind that the research points to moderate consumption. This would be equivalent to a glass of red wine every two weeks or so. As we already know, excessive wine consumption can seriously compromise our health.