French paradox


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A term referring to the decreased incidence of coronary heart disease in the French, which is attributed to increased alcohol consumption, as well as a more relaxed lifestyle and lack of snacking between meals

French paradox

An informal term for the unexplained fact that, in spite of a national diet characterized by a high fat and cholesterol intake, the French enjoy almost the lowest incidence of coronary heart disease in Europe. Possible explanations include the antioxidant effect of FLAVONOID substances in red wine and the protective effect of olive oil.
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AP--Researchers say they have discovered the key component in read wine that explains the so-called French Paradox, or the way the French can eat lots of cheese, buttery sauces and other rich foods and still suffer less heart disease than Americans.
Red wine contains higher amounts of phenolics than white wine, which may partly explain the French paradox.
The wine industry worldwide got a boost in 1991 when the CBS television program "60 Minutes" aired a segment on "the French Paradox.
Acetaldehyde's bad reputation makes it "a provocative answer to the French paradox," notes Raja G.
The French paradox - which suggests drinking lots of red wine and eating loads of Mediterranean food is good for you - is well known.
Yet, the so-called French Paradox is that the death rate from heart disease is markedly lower in France than in other industrialized countries, including America.
The article included excerpts from a 1991 60 Minutes story, "The French Paradox," that suggested daily consumption of red wine accounts for the fact that the French have a lower rate of heart disease than Americans despite a diet that is relatively high in fat and cholesterol.
In the 1990's resveratrol attracted broad attention in the context of the French paradox.
This year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CBS TV 60 Minutes news broadcast on French Paradox news report which expanded awareness of how moderate wine consumption can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Unfortunately, there is no Czech Paradox at work in the same way as the French Paradox first noted by Dr Serge Renaud in 1992 that equates drinking red wine and a diet rich in saturated fats with some of Europe's lowest incidences of heart disease and dietary ailments.
While the role of red wine in the French paradox may be ambiguous, there is no doubt that this alleged connection has spawned many lines of research.
The healthy potential of red wine has been recognised since the 1970s, when scientists came across the French Paradox, which found that although the French eat large amounts of fatty food, heart disease levels are lower than in Britain and the US.