Mediterranean Diet isn’t all it’s oiled up to be

Recently The New England Journal of Medicine published a study stating that a Mediterranean diet can reduce ones risk of a heart attack.

To the extent that a Mediterranean diet consists of replacing red meat with fish, replacing high-fat diary products with low-fat dairy products and increasing the consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, a Mediterranean diet would be expected to show better health outcomes.

The big problem with the reporting of the study is that it makes it appear that the Mediterranean diet beat a low-fat diet in terms of health outcomes. But the low-fat diet wasn’t really low-fat.

Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. McDougall and RD Jeff Novick have commented on this study.

A Mediterranean diet is a step in the right direction for someone eating the standard American diet. But some might accept the mistaken notion that adding more olive oil to ones existing unhealthy diet will make it healthier. Absent additional changes, it probably won’t.

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