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French Paradox, The

This term describes the unexplainable fact that the French eat 30 per cent more fat than Americans and drink nine times more wine, but have 40 per cent fewer heart attacks.

It's possible that the type of fat consumed - largely unprocessed, and in South West France often duck or goose fat has unknown benefits not yet understood.

The inclusion of important antioxidant flavonoids in grape pips, such as quercetin, tannins, plus tannins and proanthocyanidins (OPCs) in the skin probably also has beneficial effects.

If you enjoy cooking take a minute to look at ‘Simon Scrutton French Cookery Classes’ on Google – and learn how to make top class bistro-style dishes. Suitable for beginners upwards. Small classes.

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