Dr. Dean Ornish wrote an excellent article in the Huffington Post on Monday about the Mediterranean Diet and cardiovascular disease. He writes that “An article just published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that a Mediterranean diet is much more effective than a “low-fat diet” in preventing cardiovascular disease. A careful reading of the study reveals that this is simply not true.” Since my post yesterday was about the artery-clogging Paleo diet it seems appropriate to write about another unhealthy fad diet like the Mediterranean Diet.
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Does a Mediterranean Diet Really Beat Low-Fat for Heart Health?
HuffPost, February 25, 2013, by Dean Ornish, M.D.: The authors might as well have concluded, “The Mediterranean diet reduced cardiovascular risk when compared to a randomized control group of patients who were asked to walk and chew gum at the same time” since they didn’t do that, either.
In summary, the most responsible conclusion should be, “We found a significant reduction in stroke in those consuming a Mediterranean diet high in omega-3 fatty acids when compared to those who were not making significant changes in their diet.”
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Low-Fat for Heart Health?
I gasped when I saw that WebMD published a story titled Mediterranean Diet Good for the Heart: Study also on February 25. Had the reporter really read the study she would have seen that the comparison (control) group did not follow a low-fat diet. Or, as Dean Ornish wrote, “The Mediterranean diet reduced cardiovascular risk when compared to a randomized control group of patients who were asked to walk and chew gum at the same time.”
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Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.: Response to The New England Journal of Medicine article “Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet”
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