Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet took a hit this week when the New England Journal of Medicine retracted a study supporting this diet “because of problems in the way the study was carried out”.

While I’ve never been a fan of the Mediterranean diet because of the inclusion of these fats: nuts, oil and fish. Having said that, the emphasis is on whole grains and vegetables which is certainly healthier the the Standard American Diet. (SAD)

According to the Mayo clinic, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes: “Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.”

The Mediterranean diet was developed by researchers who studied the eating habits of people living near the Mediterranean Sea in the 1940’s and 50’s. Marketers got a hold of it and voila a new fad diet was born.

Based on the research of the past 100 years, I’m sticking with low-fat whole plant-based food. I’m not taking a chance on heart disease with those so-called “healthy” oils that clog your arteries. Remember, olive oil when worn in excess on the body looks no better than bacon fat.

Errors Trigger Retraction Of Study On Mediterranean Diet’s Heart Benefits

From the New England Journal of Medicine: “Of course, a change in one paper — even a high-profile one — doesn’t mean that researchers have lost faith in the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. “I don’t know anybody who would turn around from this and say, ‘Now that this has been revealed, we should all eat cotton candy and turn away from the Mediterranean diet,’ ” says David Allison, dean of the School of Public Health at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Still, without the strong language touting the benefits of the diet in the original paper, “the legs have been kicked out from under it, in some sense,” says Allison, a longtime nutrition researcher whose research has at times been partially funded by the food industry.”

Read Errors Trigger Retraction Of Study On Mediterranean Diet’s Heart Benefits

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