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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

High fat diets help to treat tuberculosis

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy  2010 Aug;54(8):3390-4 and a recipe for fried eggs and bacon with sliced grape tomatoes.

Study title and authors:
Effects of four different meal types on the population pharmacokinetics of single-dose rifapentine in healthy male volunteers.
Zvada SP, Van Der Walt JS, Smith PJ, Fourie PB, Roscigno G, Mitchison D, Simonsson US, McIlleron HM.
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
Division of Clinical Pharmacology, K-45 Old Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa.

This study can be accessed at:

Rifapentine is an antibiotic drug used in the treatment of tuberculosis.

The study measured the effect of four different meals on rifapentine oral bioavailability. The meals were:
high fat (meal A), (English breakfast)
bulk and low fat (meal B), (maize meal porridge)
bulk and high fat (meal C), (maize meal porridge with lard)
high fluid and low fat (meal D) (chicken noodle soup)

Compared with the fasting state meal A (English breakfast, which included bacon, fried eggs, butter and full-cream milk) had the greatest effect on rifapentine oral bioavailability, increasing it by 86%.

The lowest effect was in meal B (maize meal porridge) which only registered a 33% increase. However when lard was added to the maize meal porridge, bioavailability increased to 46%.

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Recipe of the day

Fried Eggs and Bacon with Sliced Grape Tomatoes

Ingredient list:
Organic Soy-free Omega 3 Eggs (8 dozen)
Food Mall: Eggs
Three strips of bacon (nitrate, dairy, gluten, casein, sugar-free)
Three fresh eggs
15 grape tomatoes
Black pepper

Add bacon to cold skillet and set heat to low. Bacon does not curl when added to a cold skillet and cooks best over low heat. Turn bacon frequently and allow browning to desired level of crispiness, which for me takes 3-4 minutes. Remove bacon to a paper towel to soak up excess grease. Crack three eggs into the hot bacon grease in skillet. Salt and pepper to taste. Pierce yolks with a spatula to ensure even cooking. Add sliced tomatoes across eggs as they are cooking. Turn eggs with spatula to insure that all parts have cooked well. Transfer to plate and add bacon on the side.