The French Paradox

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Polyphenols in red wine andrepparttar intelligent French use of herbs in cooking help to break down fats inrepparttar 147224 food and aid digestion. Alcohol licensing laws in France also mean that they tend not to 'binge drink' as much as countries with more restrictive licensing laws. The anti-oxidant properties of red wine in its moderate but steady intake are a contributing factor to French health.

Research in McDonalds restaurants in France also reveals interesting evidence. It was found in America thatrepparttar 147225 average time it took a person to consume a burger was 11 minutes. In France this doubled to 22 minutes. In France eating is often a cultural and family activity. They take their time eating and conversation is an important part of sharing food. They make eating into a quality time. The French diet is 'Epicurean' compared torepparttar 147226 American 'convenience' diet, where cheap, snack food is widely available wherever you go. The car centred culture of America also means its inhabitants sometimes lack exercise.

The French have an attitude to eating that is not fixated on health or medicalising food, just simple enjoyment of wholesome and fresh ingredients prepared well. People in rural France often valuerepparttar 147227 whole process of food from growing it right through to preparing and eating. It is no surprise that internationally known French phrases include such as 'Bon appetit' or 'Joi de vivre'.

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Earthnuts or Pignuts (Conopodium Majus)

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The older name for Earthnuts is 'Earth Chestnuts' and this gives you a clue to their taste - a chestnut texture but with a more earthy taste. There's nothing like carefully digging one of these up during a walk inrepparttar woods. Do it with your fingernails. Asrepparttar 147223 earthy taste hitsrepparttar 147224 senses you are drawn more completely into contact withrepparttar 147225 nature around you. A true 'pomme de terre'. Gerard's Herbal mentions that 'There is a Plaister made ofrepparttar 147226 seeds hereof, whereof to write in this place were impertinent to our historie'....Probably witches again!

Earthnuts also get a mention in Shakespeare's 'Tempest', from Caliban as he promises: "I prithee, let me bring thee where crabs grow; And with my long nails I will dig thee pignuts".

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