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From my doc and from my reading, I think it is fairly well-established that total cholesterol levels have little directly to do with cardiovascular disease, but perhaps LDLs do (LDL bad, HDL good, supposedly, and all more heavily genetically-determined than dietarily).
Dietary LDL may or may not have a meaningful impact on cardiovascular disease. For what it's worth, LDLs are found in poultry (even lean poultry skinned), all dairy, fish, shellfish, and red meat. Docs like to recommend salmon because it helps HDLs. Heck, it's all theoretical, but I do like salmon (with the right LDL-laden sauce, of course).
In my view, obsessing about food is neurotic, and it's Christmastime too. Who would go to a party where they served "healthy" crap? Not me. Just take your damn Lipitor, skip the carbs, hope for the best, and live it up.
Eggnog must surely be evil because it tastes good, but I do not know a doc at my club who will turn it down. We make it with Wild Turkey bourbon, fluffed eggwhites floating on the top, with tons of freshly-grated nutmeg abundantly on top of that. The recipe we use is very close to this. (That article also has a brief history of Eggnog. Rum is in fact more traditional in Eggnog than bourbon whiskey, but I prefer it with bourbon.)
Traditional New England clubs always put out a bowl of eggnog every cocktail hour between Advent and New Year's Day. We chill it with a block of ice in the middle of the punch bowl, but it can be served just as made without chilling it. My family has traditionally made it a little too strong, but without some booze who would want to drink pre-cooked scrambled eggs? Still, it's really all about the freshly-grated nutmeg.
In the (deep) South, they make Milk Punch. I've never had that.
What are our readers' favorite Eggnog concoctions? Or do you just pick up a half-gallon of the pre-made at the store?
My aunt and uncle had delicious eggnog that sounds a lot like yours. It was rich and creamy with the fluffy egg whites and of course the booze (don't know if it was Wild Turkey). My cousin continued the tradition when Christmas was at her house.
I haven't had it since we left N. O. and I miss it. :-(
Don't know the mechanism by which it does, but smoking apparently suppresses HDL. So get lots of exercise, especially intense exercise with intervals, and don't smoke. Then you will have lots of HDL and you won't need to worry about the LDL present in your few annual glasses of REAL, sinfully delicious eggnog.
My Better-Two-Thirds whips some up for your holiday party. Wonderful stuff. She uses rum though, not bourbon.
Egg Nog has been a tradition in my family for generations. I use the same recipe my grandparents used to make about 3 gallons of egg nog that gets consumed between Thanksgiving and New Years. We don't use egg whites - we whip the cream just before we are ready to drink and fold it into the egg nog. And for spice, we use cinnamon, nutmeg and a couple of vanilla beans. Lastly, we used to make the nog with plain rum or bourbon. I've found over the years that I prefer it with Southern Comfort or Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum (the 86 proof version, as with the 101 proof, the alcohol starts to overshadow all of the other flavors)
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Once you add anything with sugar to bourbon you have removed the need for brand loyalty. OTOH the proof will be important to many. Most foreign labels(defined as any bourbon made here but sold outside of Kentucky) are 80 proof, which is defined as Water Whiskey by me. Any good Bourbon should be 100 proof. Since Wild Turkey can usually be found bottled at 101 proof it would be acceptable. My uncle on my mothers side (a retired employee of the bAtf) was in charge of the family secret mix.
The problem with ascribing high cholesterol to causing heart disease is that we then assume that any cholesterol level is bad or perhaps more accurately regardless of what your cholesterol level is you would be healthier to lower it. The fact is that people with extremely high level of cholesterol, 300mg/dl are at serious risk and not just from heart attack. Levels like this are genetic and diet is not the cause and cannot be the cure. Because of this seemingly logical connection (i.e. high cholesterol bad so low cholesterol must be good, right??) we have made that natural but incorrect assumption that any cholesterol level above some constantly decreasing number is bad. It is not. Cholesterol is essential for life you would die without it. Most of us have cholesterol in a "normal" range and that range is far from the truely high levels that cause serious health problems. The bottom line is if you cholesterol is well below 300 and you fall into the "normal" range of 200-240 then you would be wise to not obsess over cholesterol and diet and to ignore those who obsess over it on your behalf. They have fallen prey to the logical fallacy about cholesterol and they are no longer capable of making a rational decision about it. This includes health professionals and quacks alike.