Thursday, February 16, 2017

It's Paula Deen Day!

The science is settled: Cooking with butter may be more heart-healthy than vegetable oil.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have just published a study in the British Medical Journal that suggests cooking with corn oil may be more harmful to your heart than cooking with butter.
Did I mention that this is science? I believe I did.

Here's the only thing: The research team analyzed unpublished nutritional data gathered between 1968 and 1973 in a controlled study of more than 9,400 men and women in six state mental hospitals in Minnesota,

So we may have a chicken and egg thing going on here.

Let's review the bidding. Some people in North Carolina studied decades old data gathered in Minnesota and then published it in a British journal.

The article says it's the British Medical Journal, but actually it isn't. Well, it used to be. Originally called the British Medical Journal, the title was officially shortened to BMJ in 1988, and then changed to The BMJ in 2014. Science just is never settled.

The BMJ is edited by Fiona Godlee. Is that a great name or what? You're gonna like this: Fiona was born in San Francisco but became a doctor in the UK. So we have quite a bit of over the pond stuff going on here.

You're really gonna like this: On her paternal grandfather's side, Fiona is a great great great grand daughter of Joseph Jackson Lister, pioneer of the compound microscope and father of Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister.

You're starting to get it, right? The mouthwash Listerine is named after that fellow. But, get this: Listerine was developed in 1879 by Joseph Lawrence, a chemist in ... St. Louis, Missouri. So back across the pond we go.

Here's the thing about Paula Deen. She has been a paid spokesperson for the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk in ... Denmark. There you go with the pond hopping again. You're gonna like this: This company was started in 1923 by August Krogh and August Kongsted in Copenhagen. Are those great names, or what?

August Krogh and his wife Marie Krogh had travelled to ... wait for it ... the United States. They had heard reports of people with diabetes being treated with insulin – a hormone discovered in 1921 by two ... wait for it ... Canadians.

So, boys and girls, what have we learned today? We've learned that when it comes to bad breath, blood and butter, there are no borders.

Thanks, Paula Deen!

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