Does this explain the “French paradox”?

The French eat all of that brie and other high fat foods, yet stay slimmer than us.  Why?  Some think it’s the red wine (which contains resveratrol), and that may well be true.  But diet composition may also contribute.

This rat study (OK, I know we are not rats; stick with me!) showed that a rat chow diet

consisting of food regularly consumed by humans, including high-salt, high-fat, low-fiber, energy dense foods such as cookies, chips, and processed meats.

was worse than even a high fat (lard) diet in causing more calorie intake, weight gain, prediabetes, liver inflammation, fat inflammation, and pancreas enlargement.  These are the problem that are epidemic in American obesity today.

In fact, in a pure high fat diet (lard), the animals tended to reduce the weight of food they ate to compensate (in part) for the higher calorie density.  But they were powerless over the “American cafeteria diet!”

The authors also lament:

Increased snacking on energy dense foods parallels the dramatic increase in childhood obesity, with unhealthy snacks currently comprising >27% of an American child’s daily caloric intake (29).

My advice (and I practice what I preach):  do not eat these foods: cookies, chips, and processed meats.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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