The French Paradox

by Staff Writer - C. Barnett | January 03, 2012

A paradox is an opinion, statement or situation that is apparently contradictory in nature. A paradox is a statement that seems self-contradictory. The French Paradox is that the people of France have a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite a diet high in saturated fats, little exercise and smoking.

The explanation used to explain the French Paradox is that it comes from the consumption of wine, specifically red wine and the resveratrol and antioxidants contained in wine, specifically red wine. The people of France have a relatively long lifespan as well as low levels of heart disease. They tend to be slimmer than American counterparts. France has a much higher consumption of alcohol, specifically red wine. Some scientists argue that the higher consumption of red wine leads to a healthy heart, which in turns prolongs the lifespan.

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