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tobius Donating Member (947 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 02:32 PM
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French nutritionists give thumbs up to Big Mac
( oh , those kooky french! )



Friday, March 19, 2004 Posted: 9:50 AM EST (1450 GMT)

PARIS, France (Reuters) -- Want to stay fit and healthy?

Two top French nutritionists are telling people to go for a Big Mac and keep their fingers off the traditional French quiche.

In an unexpected message to a country priding itself on the superiority of its food, a new food guide praises the McDonald's burger for having a higher and healthier protein-to-fat ratio than France's Quiche Lorraine.

"Strangely enough, the products which are the most demonized are not necessarily the worst," Jean-Michel Cohen and Patrick Serog write in their book "Savoir Manger," in which they analyze 5,000 dishes available in shops and restaurants. .....
http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/03/19/big.macs.reut/inde...
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cprise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 02:37 PM
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1. Um, how many people order fries and a shake w/quiche??
Anyways, the French don't think their food is healthier... just their eating habbits.

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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 02:43 PM
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2. I doubt that most patrons of French restaurants are going to worry about
the "fat to protein" ratio of the entree. And how can you compare something that comes in a cardboard box to the dining experience of a fine restaurant? Eating at a restaurant isn't about calorie counting.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 02:44 PM
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3. Ah yes, the Food and Drug Administration...
...has finally gotten through with their trash science and crossed international overseas borders. A Quiche Lorraine can contain as much protein as the cook wishes to put in it. Just increase the chopped ham, add a few egg whites along with the traditional ingredients and viola, tres bien, zee fat is neutralized and zee protein is enhanced and zee figure remains very French, not like zee lard ass Americans you see zuper-zizing zee combo!!! Uoo la la mon cher :loveya:
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cspiguy Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 04:09 PM
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8. Les Atkinsophile, No?
n/t
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 02:45 PM
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4. Nobody gets satire anymore.
I still can't believe that whole Jerry Lewis fiasco went over everybody's heads.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 02:49 PM
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5. What do the French know about food?
I mean, I'll listen to them after they invent something as grand as Freedom Fries.

Till then, I'm stickin with my tofu and broccoli.
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Emillereid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 02:58 PM
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6. Looks like they have fat phobes in France too!
I would advise the French to keep eating their traditional diet because that's the regimen and lifestyle that's given them a far lower rate of cardiovascular disease than Americans and given the French women an astonishing life expectancy of 82.4 years -- this despite having similar so called risk factors (cholesterol, etc.). Don't fix something that's not broken. Especially don't trade in real cuisine (slow food) for highly processed McDonald's junk food.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 03:20 PM
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7. It's the red wine that does it
The only way to survive the notoriously fatty French cuisine is to eat a diet high in resveratrol--a substance found in abundance in red wine. This lowers the cholesterol in the bloodstream.

It also helps if you're French--French people have evolved through hundreds of years of eating French food to be able to eat a diet consisting largely of French food, French wine and French cigarettes. The people who couldn't hack the diet died early, before their inferior, French-cuisine-intolerant genes could contaminate the gene pool.
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 04:17 PM
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9. don't give Mickey D's such ideas!
Or the next thing, they'll be offering their own version of "vin ordinaire" ... in "M"-emblazoned wax-paper cups, regular or "super-sized".
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-19-04 05:29 PM
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10. Mon Dieu! Est-ce que rien n'est sacr ?

Les nutritionnistes franais disent qu'un grand imper est plus sain
qu'une quiche. Mais comment fait un coke comparez n'importe quel vin de table franais. Et sont les pommes frites de McDonald, cuit en graisse de boeuf, plus saines que les pommes de terre frites a prpar par le Franais ?

Sacre bleu! Le MickeyD's blows.
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