Browsing through a First for Women magazine recently while traveling, I found two interesting articles concerning grapes – meaning those in wine and in raisins. Raisins get a bad rap for spiking blood sugar, and I understand this, but I snack on them every day because I love them. So I have news about raisins, which are partially dried grapes and then more good news about both red and white wine.
According to the November 12, 2012 issue of First for Women (page 23), a study from researchers at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia shows that 4 oz of red or white wine daily “can” reduce PMS-triggered mood swings and irritability by 63 percent, and tamps down “menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.” The kicker? It might take three months to see results, but hey, we’re talking about very moderate amounts of liquid joy everyday, so it’s worth a try if you like wine, are not allergic to it and have no problems with alcohol.
“The credit goes to wine’s phytoestrogens. These plant compounds mimic the effects of estrogen in the body,helping to offset the hormonal flux that causes life-disrupting symptoms.”
The same page in First for Women says that “Raisins dial down hunger hormones.” The article focus is a “fat trapping” hormone known as ghrelin. I know nothing about ghrelin, so I’ll move right along, but apparently we want to block it so that it doesn’t become a “fat trap.” We do so by snacking on 1/4 cup of raisins whenever we feel hungry between meals.
“Canadian scientists report that two compounds (cinnamic acid and rutin) in these gems switch off ghrelin production in 10 minutes and cut calorie intake by 54 percent for four hours.”
All things in moderation, of course, including raisins.
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