According to a recent study, a diet high in fat and wine may reduce central obesity.
Central obesity (increased waist circumference) may potentially increase the risk for certain diseases, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
In the study, researchers evaluated data from the dietary questionnaires of 2641 women from the Framingham Offspring-Spouse Study. The women were all healthy and followed for a total of seven years. The women were separated into five groups based on the foods they consumed the most: Heart Healthier, Lighter Eating, Wine and Moderate Eating, Higher Fat, and Empty Calorie.
Only the Wine and Moderate Eating group and the Higher Fat group were associated with lower abdominal obesity. The Wine and Moderate Eating group consumed a greater quantity of high-fat dairy, eggs, organ meat and wine. The Higher Fat group consumed more sweets, vegetable fats and animal fats.
The authors noted a limitation of their study was the small sample size. Furthermore, they cautioned that central obesity is only one measure of health. More research is needed to further evaluate these findings.