By now, most people have heard of the French Paradox. Oddly enough, despite their attachment to the finer aspects of eating, they are some of the healthiest and perhaps guilt-free people on the Earth. Their diet is relatively high in saturated fat; they have HDL cholesterol levels and rates of high blood pressure similar to North Americans and they smoke more. But according to the American Heart Association, out of thirty-five selected countries, France reports death rates from heart disease that are among the lowest in the world.
What are their secrets?
Moderate drinking – they adhere to the one to two drinks a day recommended habit.They eat lots of fruits and vegetables – generally about four or more servings of vegetables a day.
They traditionally do not snack or diet – they generally eat their main meal in the middle of the day.
If they do gain a few pounds, they rarely practice extreme diets. They merely make small changes here and there, like declining the cheese course or eating their baguette without butter.
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