Healthy French Food? Oui, S’il Vous Plaît

Quick: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of French food: Foie gras? Baguettes? Croissants? Pastry? Steak frites?

Delicious, yes, but not exactly dietetic. And yet, when you stroll a Parisian boulevard, almost everyone looks slim and healthy. So what’s their secret? Is it genes, environment, something in the food?

Actually, it’s the way the French eat, and the choices they make that affect their physique. Sometimes it’s called the “French Paradox”—a slim population eating very heavy foods—but it’s not really a contradiction when you see how French diners approach their meals.

Want an insider’s guide? We rounded up six très bon tips to get you French and fit.

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