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8 Reasons the French are Slim

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For years, scientists on both sides of the Atlantic have been trying to unravel the "French paradox" – the finding that despite a high-fat diet, the French appear to have a lower rate of heart attacks (as well as a lower rate of obesity) than other Western countries, particularly the United States. One major reason: nutrition researchers now feel that sugar, flour and oxidized vegetable oil (such as soybean oil used in processed foods and for deep-frying), and not natural saturated fats such as butter or lard, are the major drivers of obesity and heart disease in the U.S.

There may also be other reasons for this paradox. These eight tactics are the norm in the typical French diet – consider changing your approach toward eating by adopting these strategies and see if it makes a difference in your life:

  • Dinner plate
  • Snacks
  • Food in bowls
  • Woman eating
  • Farmers market
  • Leftovers
  • Sugar
  • Dinner party