The Great French Cheese Paradox

Samuel Reason - January 31st, 2020

For generations, people have wondered how the French stay so thin, sure obesity levels have been rising, much like the rest of the world. But in French, an estimated 11% of the adult population is considered obese, compared to 25% in the UK or 35% in the United States of America. So how in the world are the French surviving off a fat-heavy diet of cheese, bread and red wine but managing their weight correctly?

Scientists may have cracked the great French cheese paradox following new research that seems to indicate that intense cheese-eating does not increase the weight or make you fat. The quick summary is that cheese may alter your gut bacteria to the point that it encourages weight loss and even improves your overall metabolism.

The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and it paints a new picture on cheese-eating. Such a strange revelation when you think that many people believe eating foods so high in fat is as bad to your health as smoking. Many leading experts have warned that cheese is fast becoming America’s leading source of saturated fat, and physicians categorically say that our diets should cut down on fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

So how in the world is regular Camembert and Brie consumption keeping the French so healthy, why are they all not suffering from cardiovascular diseases, those are the questions these researchers set out to answer. And they did, the Danish scientists from the University of Copenhagen discovered that heavy cheese eaters had a higher level of a compound called Butyrate in their gut bacteria.

Butyrate is an anti-inflammatory fatty acid which with high levels has been proven to reduce cholesterol absorption and improve metabolism. This means that Butyrate helps reduce obesity. Of course, researchers were quick to point out the study size was quite small so it may not be the answer. Still, if you are looking to stay healthy, maybe it is time to pour yourself a glass of red wine and cut a piece of that blue cheese for your crackers.

Perhaps, more importantly, it has been noted many times that the French do understand the importance of a balanced diet, and this may be the biggest key for combating obesity levels.

Next Article
  • Myrtle The Story Of The Four-Legged Girl

    Mrs. Josephine Myrtle Bicknell died just one week away from her sixtieth birthday and she was buried not far from her home in Cleburne, Texas in 1928. It was a strange burial because her husband along with other close family members watched the grave filled with a thick layer of cement. They then waited for...

    Read More
  • Donald Duck Was An Army Sergeant

    During the 1940s and at the start of World War II, Walt Disney Studios was not in a great place. As a business and financially they were under a lot of stress. They had enjoyed major successes with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves but they had a poorly implemented management structure which was causing...

    Read More
  • The Most Frauded Election In History

    It may be a strange record to hold and not one that shed’s the greatest spirit on humanity or democracy, but it is a real Guinness book of world records: the most frauded election in history. The record is held by President Charles King, who was elected president of Liberia in 1927. Though we can’t...

    Read More
  • Watch The Sunset Twice From The World’s Tallest Building

    It sounds completely crazy but if you are high enough, then you can watch the sunset happen twice in one day. You may think that would surely never be possible, but if you are a resident of Dubai or ever visiting the city, then just head over to the Burj Khalifa. This skyscraper is currently...

    Read More
  • Halo 3 Was So Successful It Was Blamed For Poor Box Office Sales

    Back in 2007 during the first weekend of October, suddenly ticket sales of the box offices went down a huge 27% and no one could figure out why. Film executives went through all the data and studied the scenarios, the film’s had good ratings and there were no economical problems to go to the cinema...

    Read More