Cheese and the French Paradox

The French should suffer from much higher rates of cardio-vascular disease and obesity than they do.  They eat much more saturated fat than is recommended by the WHO, and wash it down with luscious red wine.  This has been called the French Paradox, still not well understood but interesting and the subject of ongoing inquiry.  Here is a short article that presents the findings of a small study suggesting that a key to the French Paradox is eating cheese.  I find this particularly interesting given the recent conversations about consuming dairy, spurred by a controversial new book by Alissa Hamilton called Got Milked? The Great Dairy Deception and Why You’ll Thrive Without Milk.  (You can read about her book in a recent Globe and Mail article posted here).