Another Reason To Find The French Annoying
My mother was such a bad cook that we always lost weight at Christmas – nobody could get through her overroasted meals. But with the new year here, I’ve been looking at the French Paradox, which is the fact that French people have low heart disease but a high fat diet. Apparently it comes down to a few key factors:
Good fats versus bad fats — French people get up to 80% of their fat intake from dairy and vegetable sources, including whole milk, cheeses, and whole yogurt.
Fish at least three times a week.
Smaller portions eaten more slowly and divided into courses that let you start digesting food before more is added.
Lower sugar intake — American low-fat and no-fat foods are often full of sugar. French diets avoid these products preferring full-fat versions without added sugar.
Few snacks between meals.
Avoidance of junk food, cola, deep-fried foods, snack foods, and the prepared meals found in supermarkets.
Fact: Americans lose weight when they visit France.
Meanwhile, junk food companies have turned to desperate advertising strategies to make sure their muffin-topped, manboobed customers stuff themselves until they have strokes and coronaries.