I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Food for thought- The French Paradox?

In the 90's Dr. Serge Renaud coined the phrase "The French Paradox" after extensive observation showing that Parisians suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats. A phenomenon he hypothesized was due to Parisian's red wine consumption. Sales of Red wine blew up in the US, indicating Americans whole heatedly swallowed this miracle pill. Watch the video below showing the 60 minutes airing of this study.

Click here to watch the video.

Chew on this: Do you think that this conundrum could be related to the unprocessed cuisine Parisians consume, rather than the result of their wine consumption? Seriously folks, the French eat 4 times the amount of butter, 60% more cheese and 3 times as much pork. At the time of the video above, Americans were regularly substituting butter with margarine, and cooking everything in heavily processed non-animal fat oils. When was the last time your Mom rendered her own pork fat? I have a sneaking suspicion there is more to the French Paradox than meets the eye.  

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