Where’s my French Paradox?

french-paradoxMy dreams of a healthy, cheese and wine filled life were dashed on the rocks of cholesterol and liver health yesterday, when my doctor broke the news that I drank too much and probably ate too much rich dairy produce. My usual, cheerful reliance on what is known as the “French Paradox” as I guzzle down as much Brie and Bordeaux as possible (not necessarily at the same time!), is now a distant memory as I try to rebuild a rather broken liver and reduce worryingly high cholesterol levels with green tea and leafy vegetables.

For the uninitiated, the French Paradox is based on the fact that the French consume large amounts of wine and cheese and seemingly have an ability to remain in rude health. (it is of course more complicated than that and the fact that the Mediterranean French don’t live on fried eggs, pizza and chips might  just have something to do with it)

I knew it was probably too good to be true as I can only dream of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and probably fell well short of the other part of this particular paradox, that is consuming more fish and vegetables than a shark with a salad problem. I had better learn a bit of restraint – well at least if I have to drink less, I will make damn sure I will drink better! Always look for that silver lining!

Published by Wine Chaser

The Wine Chaser is Jonny Tyson, a wine lover, certified Sommelier and WSET Diploma holder experiencing the world of wine.

7 thoughts on “Where’s my French Paradox?

    1. It was a massive shock as I’m fairly active and have a healthy level of body fat. It came up while my doctor was checking out another issue. I guess I was lucky to catch a declining liver early enough to turn things around! It has lead to me being in a danger zone of getting type 2 diabetes and having a heart attack (I am only 39!).
      Apparently when you piss your liver off it takes it out on a bunch of other organs!

      1. Oh, I can still drink some wine just not as much, and my recent interest in cocktails has been severely restricted!

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