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Clinton P
12-22-2012, 12:44 PM
Eating Roquefort cheese could help guard against cardiovascular disease despite its high fat and salt content, according to new research that suggests why the French enjoy good health.

Read more about it here (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9749949/The-secret-to-why-the-French-live-longer-Roquefort-cheese.html)

Clinton P

basque
12-22-2012, 06:30 PM
Eating Roquefort cheese could help guard against cardiovascular disease despite its high fat and salt content, according to new research that suggests why the French enjoy good health.

Read more about it here (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9749949/The-secret-to-why-the-French-live-longer-Roquefort-cheese.html)

Clinton P

I cant bring myself to eat mouldy cheese of any kind

basque :rolleyes:

GTC
12-23-2012, 06:03 AM
I cant bring myself to eat mouldy cheese of any kind

basque :rolleyes:

Close your eyes and pinch your nose and you'll be right. :)

ilmari
12-27-2012, 08:42 AM
I eat this often, with tough bread and wine. It is my ambrosia.

Ezana
12-28-2012, 05:30 AM
The full article is available for free here - http://www.lycotec.com/Imperox_files/Could_cheese_be_the_missing_piece_in_the_French_pa radox_puzzle.pdf

Keep in mind, this article is in the journal "Medical Hypotheses."

Reading through it, there doesn't seem to be much evidence to support their claim. They're just looking for any possible lead for new drugs. Basically, roquefort is made with certain strains of penicillin that include the protein "andrastin, " which is known to be a farnesyltransferase inhibitor. Now, farnesyltransferase is involved in localizing proteins to the plasma membrane, but I don't know where they get the idea that it's "a major enzyme of cholesterol biosynthesis," as they claim. The article that they cite, however, makes no such attestation. In fact, it's not even mentioned. Farnesyltranferase inhibition could be beneficial due to anticancer effects, however. Farnesylation of the oncogenic protein Ras, e.g., is necessary for its activation.

Needless to say, I'm very skeptical of this article.