Feel free to indulge in cheese and red wine like the French!
When people are trying to lose weight they pose the (nearly impossible) task of restraining themselves from yummiest stuff in life: pasta, chocolate, and especially cheese. But good news! It looks like you no longer have to avoid your precious Gouda/mozzarella/parmesan in order to reach your fitness goals.
Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark noticed that the French certainly indulge in a fair amount of cheese, yet they're healthier than their other European counterparts.
The French have fewer cases of coronary heart disease and a life expectancy of 82 years (all while eating 23.9kg of cheese per year) whereas, Brits uffer twice as much from cardiovascular disease with a life expectancy of 81, but eat 11.6kg each year. The weird disconnect has been dubbed "The French Paradox."
So what gives? Are Parisians just freaks of nature? Not so much.
Researchers found cheese lovers have higher levels of butyric acid, which has been tied to reducing obesity and cholesterol, while raising metabolism. And If that's not amazing enough, red wine consumption is ALSO good for you.
"Observations indicate that consumption of red wine alone cannot explain the paradox and perhaps some other constituents of the typical French diet could be responsible for reduced cardiovascular mortality," say researchers of a related study. "We hypothesize that cheese consumption, especially of molded varieties may contribute to the occurrence of the French paradox."
On that note, pardon us while we go on a much-needed grocery run.