Grapes Help Fight Abdominal Fat

A new study in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research suggests polyphenols, found in grape seeds, may protect against oxidative stress linked to obesity. Scientists fed hamsters a high-fat diet supplemented with Chardonnay grape seed extract for 12 weeks. At the end of the experiment mice not given the grape seed extract had more abdominal fat than mice given the extract. Also, data revealed the high-fat group had increases in blood sugar, triglycerides and insulin resistance, while the extract group was “in part” protected from these effects; via Food Navigator.

In October, grapes were shown to lower blood pressure and reduce heart damage, but lots of plant foods, like blueberries and kiwis, contain polyphenols, antioxidants and other nutrients shown to prevent cancer. Nuts and seeds are other excellent sources phytochemicals and fibers that prevent blood vessel inflammation, raise good cholesterol and lower blood glucose.

I snack on grapes when I’m chained to my desk blogging. Good thing I find them on the cheap! As a kid, my grandfather had an old-school Italian grapevine growing all over the garage. It was cool.

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Foodaroo - March 19, 2009 11:00 AM

The cause of abdominal fat is not necessary the results from eating unhealthy food. A number of other things can occur, such as:

1) Medication, such as Prednisone.

2) Hormone Imbalance - Outputting too much cortisols, for instance, will put the body in "starvation mode", which will accumulate fat in the abdominal region.

3) Digestive Disorders, such as IBS.

Also eating healthy food does not always lower blood pressure. It is important that people know this and that if no improvement is seen, go to the doctor ASAP. The longer one waits, the more damage maybe done. Tumor growth and kidney dysfunction are just two examples that will increase the blood pressure.

Sara - March 19, 2009 10:02 PM

This study had to do with grape SEEDS, I eat lots [too many] of grapes myself, but I don;t usually eat the seeds, at least not intentionally.

Hello Veggie - March 20, 2009 5:30 PM

Very interesting article, thanks!

Walter PIttman - March 24, 2009 2:12 AM

Another stupid study.

The Chinese, beloved of you readers of "The CHina Study," do not eat many grapes, yet are generally very thin.

Italians and Greeks, who eat a lot of grape products, are generally pretty fat.

There's nothing wrong with grapes, but there's nothing particularly magical about them, either (except when properly fermented)

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