Foie gras, steak, chocolate: These foods are extremely popular in France and yet their citizens experience heart attacks and strokes at a rate much lower than we do in the United States where we consume much less red meat and saturated fats. It’s a fact that has puzzled doctors and the health community for some time and has been referred to as The French Paradox.
There are multiple theories for why The French Paradox holds true. They range from France's lack of processed foods high in added sugars, to differences in activity levels, to comparatively lower stress as the French work culture is different. One factor people believe helps the French and those in the Mediterranean stay in good health, though, is the moderate consumption of red wine.
While heavy drinking has its health risks, the moderate consumption of red wine is believed to be a contributing factor to the better health outcomes in France, Italy, and Greece. Many scientists believe that the specific ingredient responsible for this is resveratrol.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant-rich polyphenol naturally found in the skin of red grapes, certain berries, and other plants. In addition to the cardiovascular benefits mentioned above, resveratrol has also been suggested to help with brain health and blood pressure.
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