DRINKING red wine could help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite and preventing overeating, a study showed.
Researchers found when bees were fed resveratrol, a compound in red wine, they ate less food afterwards.
Bees normally gorge themselves on sugary foods when they are available, but those which had resveratrol stopped eating once they had had enough to meet their energy needs.
They also became uninterested in diluted sugar solutions, scientists in the Aging journal found. Previous studies indicate resveratrol can also help combat obesity by mimicking the effects of a low-fat diet, and help prevent the onset of age-related disease.
Gro Amdam, one of the study’s authors from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, said: “Because what we eat is such an important contributor to our physical health, we looked at the bees’ sensitivity to sugar and their willingness to consume it.
“Bees typically gorge on sugar and while it’s the best thing for them, we know that eating too much is not necessarily a good thing.”
Brenda Rascón, another of the researchers from Arizona State University, added: “It’s possible resveratrol may be working by some mechanism that is related to caloric restriction – a dietary regimen long-known to extend life-span in diverse organisms.” – The Daily Telegraph