The French Paradox, vitamin K2 the key

The French Paradox, the claim the French lived longer than Americans because they drink more red wine was put forward by Dr Serge Renaud in the 1990’s. He said red wine had nutrients like resveratrol which helped reduce heart disease. Even though the French had  more dairy products like cheese, in their diet

This claim has since been debunked because you would have to drink so much red wine to get enough of these nutrients, to increase the risk  of other diseases like cirrhosis. The research did highlight the presence of vitamin K2 in the French diet.  Vitamin K2 is a known factor in reduced levels of heart disease. The vitamin is to be found in green leafy vegetables, fruits, grains and dairy products.

The French diet is rich in vitamin K2

In her 2012 book, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox, Canadian nutritionist Kate Rhéume-Bleue proposes that the explanation for the lower rate of cardiovascular disease in France is the high level of vitamin K2 (also known as menaquinone) in some of the fattier foods that form a part of the French diet. Lack of vitamin K2 in the diet is linked to increased calcification of plaques in artery walls.

Rhéume-Bleue writes,

The French Paradox isn’t a paradox at all. The very same pâté de foie gras, egg yolks and creamy, buttery sauces that we inaccurately labeled “heart attack on a plate“ literally supply the single most important nutrient to protect heart health.[23]

As one example, Rhéume-Bleue points to the fact that a 3 ½-ounce serving of goose liver pate contains 369 micrograms of menaquinone, while a 3 ½-ounce serving of pan-fried calf liver of the kind frequently eaten in North America contains only 6 micrograms of menaquinone.[24]

The French diet is rich in short-chain saturated fatty acids and poor in trans fats

In his 2009 book Cholesterol and The French Paradox, Frank Cooper argues that the French paradox is due to the lack of hydrogenated and trans fats in the French diet.[25] The French diet is based on natural saturated fats such as butter, cheese and cream that the human body finds easy to metabolize, because they are rich in shorter saturated fatty acids ranging from the 4-carbon butyric acid to the 16-carbon palmitic acid. But the American diet includes greater amounts saturated fats made via hydrogenating vegetable oils which include longer 18- and 20-carbon fatty acids. In addition, these hydrogenated fats include small quantities of trans fats which may have associated health risks.[26][27][28]


The honest truth: How alcohol affects your skin

Hell-o spring! Taking off to the tropics any time soon? This summer, while you’re sitting on the beach, sipping on a cocktail, take heed of what you may be doing to your skin. You know that you need to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, but what about that fruity daiquiri in your hand?

Alcohol’s effect on your skin is similar to its effect on the rest of your body: it steals the good (hydration) and leaves the bad (dryness, bloating, redness). When you drink alcohol, it hinders the production of vasopressin — an anti-diuretic hormone. This causes your kidneys to work extra hard to remove excess water from your system, sending water to your bladder (and you to the restroom!) instead of your organs. Don’t forget that your skin is the largest organ in the body — and drinking a lot of alcohol leaves it dehydrated.

When skin is dry, it is much more likely to wrinkle and make you look older than you are. Alcohol also robs your body of Vitamin A which is essential for cell renewal and turnover, so your skin could take on a dull gray appearance. Staying hydrated will obviously have opposing effects: smoothing out wrinkles, leaving your skin looking bright, young and fresh. Drinking water is the only way to combat the drying effects of alcohol, hydrating from within.

Being so depleted of vital nutrients, electrolytes and fluids, your skin often shows signs of bloating and swelling. When you’re lacking what you need, your body will store whatever it can get — wherever it can, and any water you take in will cause your tissues to swell.

Alcohol can also affect preexisting conditions like rosacea, causing it to worsen or flare up more often. Alcohol increases your blood flow, often causing blood vessels in your face to dilate (sometimes permanently) and often burst, leaving behind broken capillaries and red spots that are difficult to get rid of.

What’s worse, drinking too much doesn’t only affect the appearance of your skin, it will dehydrate your hair, making it more prone to breaking and split ends. Weak, brittle hair is just about as ideal as premature wrinkling, don’t you think?

10 sneaky ways to lose weight

  1. When Out With Friends, Order First. If you do you’re more likely to order something you want. When people are together they tend to eat the same things
  2. Set the mood. If you’re eating out,  soft and quiet is better than loud and glary. You eat less if you’re relaxed – spend more time talking
  3. Use chop sticks. Chopsticks slow you down and make you eat less food with every bite
  4. Remember veggies first. Research says the first food we pick we’ll eat the most, so start with salads
  5. Never leave food where you can see it. Regardless of whether you are eating out or at home. Seeing it fills your thoughts with food
  6. Follow the rule of two.When dining out, select whatever reasonable main entrée you want (plus included sides) and pair it with only two other things to eat and drink.
  7. Place a Napkin on Your Lap
    People who do this before eating tend to have a healthier body mass index, according to Cornell University researchers. That’s because using a napkin reflects good table manners, says Wansink, and careful eaters often pay more attention to what they’re eating—and, as a result, how many calories they’re consuming.
  8. Ignore Healthy Buzzwords.
    Organic,” “all natural,” “low fat,” “a full serving of vegetables”—research shows that food descriptions that include veggies or other seemingly healthy attributes often make us believe that we’re consuming fewer calories than we actually are
  9. Ditch Cold Cereals
    Louisiana State University researchers found that women who eat a warm bowl of oatmeal served with fat-free milk feel 28 percent less hungry for up to four hours later compared with when they pour their breakfast from a box. Oatmeal’s fiber which takes longer to digest) is the secret
  10. Fill Your Instagram With Healthy Pics
    And follow friends who do the same. Researchers from England’s University of Leeds found that people eat fewer calories—and make better choices—after seeing shots of nutritious foods. “Visual cues prime you to eat right,” says Durvasula. The idea works at home or the office too—swap the candy bowl for fresh fruit. And just like that you’re eating healthier.

Something unique about this ad for Guinness

Guinness Unique

There is a standout feature for this advert for Guinness;

  • There is no mention of the key ingredient in Guinness, alcohol/ethanol
  • Alcohol/ethanol is a clear, widely accepted threat to a person’s health
  • The consumer has a right to be informed about the dangers of alcohol/ethanol
  • To get information on alcohol/ethanol the consumer is diverted to a web site,
  • is funded and controlled by the drinks companies
  • This allows drinks companies to advertise their products without mentioning the key ingredient, alcohol/ethanol
  • The onus is on the consumer to be informed about the dangers of this toxic drug
  • A bizarre situation favouring drinks companies at the expense of the consumer


Losing weight? Here’s how to put it back

Drinking deadens your appetite. Heavy drinking can cause malnutrition

How to increase calories

  • Add butter or margarine to soups, mashed and baked potatoes, sauces, cooked vegetables, rice
  • Add whipped cream to desserts, puddings and fruit. Add it unsweetened to mashed potatoes and pureed vegetables
  • Add milk or cream to soups, sauces, puddings, custard,cereals. Use cream instead of milk in recipes
  • Add cheese to casseroles, potatoes,vegetables, omelettes, sandwiches. Melt where possible
  • Add chopped hard-boiled eggs to salads,vegetables, casseroles
  • Saute or fry foods if you can tolerate them
  • Add sauces or gravies to your food

How to increase protein

  • Eat more hard and soft cheeses. Add them to food where possible
  • Use milk instead of water as a drink and in cooking whenever possible. Use full-fat milk
  • Take build – up drinks
  • Add ice cream or yoghurt to drinks, fruit and cereals
  • Add eggs to your food whenever possible. Avoid raw eggs
  • Add nuts, seeds and wheat germ to your food. Add to casseroles, salads, breads, biscuits
  • Add chopped meat or fish to vegetables,salads, casseroles,soups, baked potatoes
  • Eat more beans and peas. Add to soups and casseroles

Alcohol is a known cause of seven types of cancer

Most people know that heavy alcohol use can cause health problems. But you may not be aware that alcohol is a known cause of seven types of cancer. You can reduce your chance of getting cancer if you avoid alcohol or only drink a little.

Even a small amount of alcohol can increase your risk of cancer. It’s not just people who have a ‘drinking problem’ who are affected. The more you drink, the higher your risk.

We now know that drinking alcohol increases your risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx (voicebox), throat, oesophagus (foodpipe), breast, liver and bowel. Alcohol may also increase your risk of pancreatic cancer.

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