The secret to how the French stay slim - Red wine

Ever wondered how the French stay so slim and healthy, despite a calorific diet of cheese, cured meats, carbs and wine? In fact, it may just be the wine that’s responsible for that svelte French physique. Hurrah!

According to nutritionist Michela Vagnini, red wine is packed full of a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol, which not only protects you from harmful free radicals but also boosts cell replication and delays premature aging. And it gets better – resveratrol can even turn additional weigh into ‘brown’ fat, which actually helps you to burn calories and eradicate harmful fats from the body.

According to a recent study, there has never been a drug in the history of pharmaceuticals that’s capable of speeding up cell regeneration at the same rate as resveratrol. I’ve heard enough – I’m going to pour me a nice large glass of vin rouge to go with my extra-calorific dinner tonight!

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