The French Paradox

The French Paradox

Paradox as a word means ‘A statement that apparently contradicts itself and yet might be true.’
No passing year was able to solve an unsolvable mystery that French in spite of taking so high calories how managed to remain skinny, thin and healthy. According to a number of surveys worldwide it was always found a proportional relationship between coronary heart disease (CHD) and intake of saturated fatty acids and alcohol. Only French managed to remain somehow immune to this direct relationship. This observation was now being called as ‘The French Paradox’.
One of the major explanation that was proffered to explain French paradox was homogenous drinking habit of French. French were known for drinking culture which remains consistent throughout the week in comparison to other cultures where majority drinking happens during weekends. It was noticed that red wine when taken in the moderate amount whole week resulted in protection against coronary heart disease whereas if taken inconsistently led to high cholesterol disorders and hence coronary heart diseases. Researchers further suggested that red wine consisted of tannins and flavonoids which are known for their protective functions.
Further, it was observed that French dinner and lunch are rich in high fibers such as beans, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. Meat and other high cholesterol diet were often accompanied with salads, stews, fruits, and soups. French was also known for taking the high amount of unsaturated fats as olive oil, olive and nuts. Nuts were known to have the high amount of healthy antioxidant Resveratrol known to act against arteries blockage.
It was also seen that French have high cultural values associated with eating habits. French were known to treat food as the medium for pleasure instead of the way for survival. They were known to eat home cooked food and take time while eating, don’t snack and drinking while meals and in limited quantity. These basic attitudes were surviving even today and were expected to be one of the most important reasons for The French Paradox.
Even after nearly thirty years when the concept of The French Paradox was introduced to the world it still remained the object of interest and research among scientists and philosophers worldwide. Many arguments were presented to explain the paradox but still much is required to explore till then keep envying.

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