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Recipe for More Golden Years? (Women in France live longer than people almost anywhere else.)
The Washington Post ^ | Monday, February 5, 2007 | Molly Moore

Posted on 02/04/2007 10:35:16 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

CAHORS, France

For her 100th birthday party last October, Hélène Vialard indulged in her favorite meal -- coq au vin. She adores the local Cahors red wines, occasionally eats a sliver of foie gras, another regional specialty, and says she has no secret for reaching the century mark: "It just came on its own. I never thought I would live this long."

The women of France -- a land renowned for a cuisine laden with fats and calories -- have the longest life expectancy of any nation on Earth except Japan. A baby girl born in France in 2006 can expect to live until she is at least 84, surpassing a baby boy's potential by seven years, according to new government statistics. Only Japanese women have a longer life expectancy, 85.6 years. American women can expect a life span of 80.1 years, recent statistics show.

Some of the longest-living Frenchwomen reside in the southwest's Midi-Pyrenees region, which is famous for its fatty foie gras -- made from the livers of overfed ducks and geese -- and rustic red wines. Here, where women say moderation is the key to indulging in their favorite foods, female life expectancy is a full year above the national average.

"There is a real paradox in the southwest of France," said Jacques Vallin of the country's National Institute for Demographic Studies, who specializes in elderly populations. "It's one of the areas where people live the longest and where cardiovascular risks are the lowest, even though it's the foie gras region. It contradicts people's expectations about health and common sense."

Life expectancy rates for both men and women are rising across Europe, fueled by a combination of improved health care, especially for newborns and the elderly, the elimination of many diseases....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: atkins

1 posted on 02/04/2007 10:35:20 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Well, there's an easier longevity recipe: rummage your memory for all the dead people you personally knew. Without any [or with very few] exceptions, they will be good, decent people. From which it follows that the scoundrels either live extremely long, or never die at all, for the death of a scoundrel [like saddam's, for example] would surely be remembered, if only as a boon and relief. Thus, by becoming a thoroughgoing, dyed-in-the-wool scoundrel one could hope to attain extreme longevity. QED.


2 posted on 02/04/2007 10:42:43 PM PST by GSlob
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To: MinorityRepublican

Flavinoids

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavonoid


3 posted on 02/04/2007 10:43:18 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: MinorityRepublican
It's one of the areas where people live the longest and where cardiovascular risks are the lowest, even though it's the foie gras region. It contradicts people's expectations about health and common sense."

That's because current medical thinking on the subject is all wrong. We are killing people with all the fake food, sugar and fat substitutes, "heart healthy" oils and margarine (NOT) and the like. Not to mention all the pills. Eat natural foods in moderation, olive oil, virgin, unprocessed coconut oil, avocadoes, nuts, even butter. Stay active and don't get fat. And DO NOT poison your body with Nutrasweet and the like. Several of the sugar substitutes convert to formaldehyde in the body. Diabetics in the west are suffering more because of conventional, nutritional "advice".

There's a reason people live to be 100 without seeing a doctor for years, especially in third world countries.

4 posted on 02/04/2007 10:44:15 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah (tired of voting for the lesser of two evils)
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To: GSlob

My ex may be French, because I'm sure she will outlive me and all her relatives just out of spite, so as to keep us miserable for what seems like forever.


5 posted on 02/04/2007 10:45:10 PM PST by umgud (The profound is only so to those that it is.)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
This article last week on the subject was interesting (even though it's in the NY Times -- go figure.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/magazine/28nutritionism.t.html?ex=1327640400&en=7c85a1c254546157&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
6 posted on 02/04/2007 10:53:15 PM PST by mhx
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To: MinorityRepublican

Interesting topic.

I wonder how this will change when the Muslim majority takes over in France?


7 posted on 02/04/2007 10:54:21 PM PST by volunbeer (Dear heaven.... we really need President Reagan again!)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

I believe it is the red wine they drink.


8 posted on 02/04/2007 11:01:40 PM PST by staytrue
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To: umgud
My ex may be French, because I'm sure she will outlive me and all her relatives just out of spite, so as to keep us miserable for what seems like forever.
Must be related to my ex-...if she dies first, I want the coffin lid to have a wooden stake in it just to make sure. ;-)
9 posted on 02/04/2007 11:37:50 PM PST by peyton randolph (What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal - Albert Pike)
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To: MinorityRepublican
French women don't really live longer.

It just seems that way to everyone around them.

L

10 posted on 02/04/2007 11:40:11 PM PST by Lurker (Europeans killed 6 million Jews. As a reward they got 40 million Moslems. Karma's a bitch.)
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To: GSlob
Nice try, but your argument suffers from a biased sample logical fallacy.
11 posted on 02/05/2007 1:07:05 AM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

agree 100 percent!! I'm sure you already know this stuff-but people should do a google search on the health benefits of coconut oil. Amazing!


12 posted on 02/05/2007 5:08:53 AM PST by repubzilla
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It contradicts people's expectations about health and common sense.

Only if the expectations about health and so-called common sense are built on the mid/late-20th century fallacies about fats.

13 posted on 02/05/2007 5:10:23 AM PST by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: GSlob

Coul also be that most parts of the globe where many folks are extremely long lived has to do with war.

Right in the middle of living they suddenly had to become a strong, focused people who had to sacrifice, especially food, and had to work very hard for survival.

Like an enforced diet and excercise program in middle age.

Doesn't seem to hurt that in some of these lands (Armenia and southern Russia, IIRC) many men and women suddenly became too old for the draft overnight, almost like magic ...


14 posted on 02/05/2007 7:15:34 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: burzum

First of all, it is worth a try anyway. And secondly, if it were a fallacy, how could you explain the prevalence of scoundrels, unless by their extreme resilience and longevity?


15 posted on 02/05/2007 9:31:51 AM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob; burzum

FWIW, Most of the scoundrels that I have known have died of cancer or heart disease in their late 40s and 50s.

All the really old people that I know are mellow and generous, but usually cautious.


16 posted on 02/05/2007 2:33:10 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Thereare a lot of flavinoids out there, and the majority of them are actually somewhat toxic. Phyto-estrogen from soy beans is a good example.


17 posted on 02/05/2007 2:34:56 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: editor-surveyor

So get to your 50s as a decent person and then scoundrelize.


18 posted on 02/05/2007 3:09:11 PM PST by GSlob
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19 posted on 02/06/2007 6:39:15 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, insects)
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To: MinorityRepublican

They don't tell you how French women actually eat, the way in fact most French people eat, up until recently.

They eat small portions and never eat in between meals.

They are rarely overweight.

They eat a large variety of foods.

They eat very little processed or chemicalized food.


20 posted on 02/09/2007 12:39:12 AM PST by Cincinna (HILLARY & HER HINO "We are going to take things away from you for the Common Good")
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