The FRENCH PARAROX is the observation that French people suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats.

 

The term French Paradox was coined by Serge Renaud, a scientist from Bordeaux University in France,

 

According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the average French person consumed 108 grams per day of fat from animal sources in 2002 while the average American consumed only 72.

 

The French eat four times as much butter, 60 percent more cheese and nearly three times as much pork.

 

Although the French consume only slightly more total fat (171 g/d vs 157 g/d), they consume much more saturated fat because Americans consume a much larger proportion of fat in the form of vegetable oil, with most of that being soybean oil.

 

However, according to data from the British Heart Foundation, in 1999, rates of death from coronary heart disease among males aged 35–74 years were 115 per 100,000 people in the U.S. but only 83 per 100,000 in France.


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