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French cuisine is famous for its frequent and liberal use of cream and cheese, both high in saturated fat. For years, medical studies have shown the strong correlation between diets high in saturated fat and coronary heart disease, and yet, France has a much lower incidence of such disease than found in comparable countries like the United States. This is the so-called French Paradox.

Which of the following, if true, helps to explain the French Paradox?


(A) Certain kinds of cheese can have as much as five times the amount of saturated fat that cream has.

(B) People in the United States, per capita, eat almost the same amount of saturated fat on average as do people in France.

(C) The United States imports more cheese from France than from any other country.

(D) Red wine, typically served with French food, helps to clean the buildup of fats in the arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease.

(E) It is typically for a French person to have either cream or cheese at each of the three meals in a day.

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Clear D.

(D) Red wine, typically served with French food, helps to clean the buildup of fats in the arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease. --> Correct

The French use cream and cheese that are high in saturated fat, and use red wine that might clean the arteries, thus leading to lesser probability of coronary heart disease.

Hence, D.
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French cuisine is famous for its frequent and liberal use of cream and cheese, both high in saturated fat. For years, medical studies have shown the strong correlation between diets high in saturated fat and coronary heart disease, and yet, France has a much lower incidence of such disease than found in comparable countries like the United States. This is the so-called French Paradox.

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Boil it down -For years, medical studies have shown the strong correlation between diets high in saturated fat and coronary heart disease, and yet, France has a much lower incidence of such disease than found in comparable countries like the United States.

Pre-thinking -- The French are doing some acitivity that is countering the adverse effects of foods rich in saturated fats -- drinking red wine, excercising regularly etc ( i did pre-think about red wine :lol: )

(A) Certain kinds of cheese can have as much as five times the amount of saturated fat that cream has.-- Irrelevant

(B) People in the United States, per capita, eat almost the same amount of saturated fat on average as do people in France. -- Incorrect -- okay but this still DOES NOT explain why France has a much lower incidence

(C) The United States imports more cheese from France than from any other country. -- Irrelevant

(D) Red wine, typically served with French food, helps to clean the buildup of fats in the arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease. -- Correct

(E) It is typically for a French person to have either cream or cheese at each of the three meals in a day. -- Irrelevant -- we know the French cusine makes ample use of such stuff rich in saturated fats.

Answer D

A majority of the French consume the French cuisine on rare occasions--- Can this be a valid explanation for the given paradox?


mcelroytutoring , AjiteshArun , GMATNinja , mikemcgarry , egmat , sayantanc2k, RonPurewal , DmitryFarber , MagooshExpert , ccooley , other experts-- please enlighten
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A majority of the French consume the French cuisine on rare occasions--- Can this be a valid explanation for the given paradox?
It won't be a very convincing option.

1. It is hard to believe that French cuisine is not popular in France, and the question says that the cuisine is known for its "frequent and liberal use of cream and cheese, both high in saturated fat".

2. Even if we take that option as true, it still wouldn't tell us why "France has a much lower incidence of such disease than found in comparable countries like the United States".
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(A) Certain kinds of cheese can have as much as five times the amount of saturated fat that cream has.does not mention about people's consumption

(B) People in the United States, per capita, eat almost the same amount of saturated fat on average as do people in France.does not mention about people's consumption

(C) The United States imports more cheese from France than from any other country.does not mention about people's consumption

(D) Red wine, typically served with French food, helps to clean the buildup of fats in the arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease.Correct answer

(E) It is typically for a French person to have either cream or cheese at each of the three meals in a day. does not resolve paradox
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In attacking a paradox question, first read the prompt and understand the paradox or contradiction in your own words. Here, we could say: most people eat high food and get heart attacks, but the French eat high fat foods and don’t get hard attacks. Then, look for an answer choice that best resolves the paradox.

Both (B) and (E) do the opposite: they make the paradox harder to explain. With (B), if folks in the US and France eat about the same amount of saturated fat, then why do Americans get heart disease but not the French? With (E), if French are eating high fat foods all the time, why aren’t they getting heart disease? In other words, neither of these answers the question, and in fact, both of them simply would make it even harder to understand.

Answers (A) and (C) are off-the-wall irrelevant. Choice (A) says that cheese has more fat then cream, but the French are eating both of those, so it doesn’t matter: either way, the French are eating high fat food. (C) changes the topic to imports, which is completely unrelated to the direct relationship of diet and epidemiology.

Only (D) resolves the paradox. Since the French drink red wine, which in moderation cleans the arteries, this explains how they could eat high fat foods and have a much lower risk of heart disease.
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