Flavonoid phytonutrients (found concentrated in citrus, berries, red onions, beans, green tea, grapes, and cocoa) may boost metabolism enough to significantly slim one’s waistline.
What accounts for the thermogenic effect of nuts, their purported ability to boost metabolism such that one could potentially burn more fat just sitting around or sleeping. An explanation for this rise of resting energy expenditure is not obvious.” The Texas A&M folks thought it was the arginine; but others recently suggested it may be a function of the flavonoid phytonutrients in nuts. Based on what kind of evidence? Studies like this
The effects of concord grape juice on appetite, diet, and body weight.” Just like nuts are calorically dense yet don’t seem to cause weight gain, Welch’s was keeping their fingers crossed that the same would be found for purple grape juice.
The had people guzzle down 2 cups a day for three months. Now you got to understand, Welch’s grape juice has more sugar than coca cola. Two cups of purple grape juice contains the equivalent of 20 spoonfuls of sugar. The control group was basically given grape coolaid—a “substitute grape-flavored drink,” exact same number of calories, exact same amount of sugar, but just no detectable phytonutrients.
So at two cups a day they were giving hundreds of extra calories a day to these people, surely after 3 months they’d gain a couple pounds. What do you think they found?
The grape flavored sugar water group did indeed gain a significant amount of weight—how could they not with all that extra sugar in their diet. But the grape juice people didn’t. In fact, are you ready for this? Their waist circumference significantly shrunk. They appeared to burn away significantly more tummy fat—by drinking grape juice! So maybe there is something to the theory put forth by the nut and green tea people that flavonoid phytonutrients are capable of “increasing thermogenesis—heat generation--and fat oxidation.” If true, then it’s just one more reason to eat nuts and drink… green tea, not grape juice. Instead, eat concord grapes.
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This completes the seven-part video series on the fascinating phenomenon of Solving the Mystery of the Missing Calories. I started out reviewing the balance of evidence of why nuts don't tend to contribute to weight gain in Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence, introduced two theories on Monday, both of which were put to the test in a study on peanut butter Testing the Pistachio Principle. Then came an elegant study using walnut smoothies, followed by the big reveal in Testing the Fat Burning Theory. But why might nuts help you burn more fat? Arginine is one possibility (see Friday's video-of-the-dayFat Burning Via Arginine) and today's flavonoids are another. For more on flavonoid phytonutrients, see my video Phytochemicals: The Nutrition Facts Missing From the Label. For a comparison between fruit juices, see Best Fruit Juice along with a video on putting that knowledge into practice, Pink Juice With Green Foam. Which beverage has the most antioxidants, though? See Better Than Green Tea. And what about juiced vegetables such as carrots and beets? See Benzene in Carrot Juice and an entire series starting with Doping With Beet Juice. And for more on the wonders of concord grapes (yum!), see Repairing DNA Damage and Plant-Based Diets and Cellular Stress Defenses. If you haven't yet, please feel free to subscribe for free to my videos by clicking here.
For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Nuts Don’t Cause Expected Weight Gain, Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?, Burning Fat With Flavonoids, Do Vegans Get More Cavities?, and Flaxseeds for Diabetes