The Loh Down On Science

Vain Bees

Does this stinger make my butt look big?

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science.

Great news for the image-conscious honeybee! Scientists just completed a study in which they gave some honeybees small doses of resveratrol. That's a chemical found in the skin of red grapes and in red wine. All test bees were then given access to as much sugar water as they liked, from sources of varying concentration.

And? The bees that had resveratrol didn't gorge themselves, despite the unlimited food supply. Plus, they lived over 30 percent longer than bees that didn't have resveratrol!

Scientists think the chemical prompted moderation, helping the bees pick out the heavily concentrated sugar solutions and take in only what they needed.

The hope? That since bees are social animals like humans, resveratrol could have a similar effect on us.
 
I’m thinking, a la French Women Don’t Get Fat, red wine makes us lose more weight?  Oh honey!

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