While a good glass of red is great for a wintery evening, it can also keep those extra kills at bay. Find out how?...

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“Red wine is good for you, and can help you live a healthier, longer life,” insists professor of experimental therapeutics at the William Harvey Research Institute in London, Roger Corder.

Corder’s clinical research confirms protective compounds to be polyphenols, a plant chemical that give deep colour and complex taste to red wine, and can lower cholesterol, which is why it is good for your heart.

Subclasses of polyphenols called procyanidins, which are abundant in some young red wines have been found to have the most potent action in weight loss. Corder recommends the rough or dry wines, as they have higher procyanidins. A glass with each meal can be great to up your intake.

“A glass of good procyanidin rich wine provides 60-90mg of procyanidins, a daily intake of 300mg – 500 mg. However safe alcohol limits should never be exceeded,” he says.

As studies show that wine drinkers are less likely to suffer weight problems and be obese. But don’t be fooled as it is a combination of factors, such lifestyle and diet. Corder’s emphasis is on health improvement which weight loss will follow naturally and gradually.

There are other options that will give you just as much procyanidin. See below:

  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Pomegranates
  • Walnuts
  • Dark chocolate