The Endless Pendulum Swing of Fat is Good, Fat is Bad Continues

“Is a diet rich in saturated fat  a health risk or not?” (Johnson, 2016, p.18). A dog whistle question to get researchers/scientists, food commentators and self-styled experts hot under the collar. New evidence would suggest it is a health risk (Wang et al., 2016). Actually, the new evidence is a new statistical analysis of historical… Read More

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Any Link: Brain Volume & a Mediterranean Diet

Researchers have reported that people who more closely followed a Mediterranean-like diet had total brain volume that was 13.11  mL larger (P=0.007) than that of people who adhered less closely to he diet. Eating more fish and less meat was associated with larger brain volumes. The researchers estimated that the effect of adhering to a… Read More

Are Some Diets “Mass Murder”?

From low fat to Atkins and beyond, diets that are based on poor nutrition science are a type of global, uncontrolled experiment that may lead to bad outcomes, concludes Richard Smith (Chair, Patients Know Best writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)). Jean Mayer, one of the “greats” of nutrition science, said in 1965, in… Read More

Associations: Mediterranean Diet & Telomere Length

Objective To examine whether adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with longer telomere length, a biomarker of aging. Design Population based cohort study. Setting Nurses’ Health Study, an ongoing prospective cohort study of 121 700 nurses enrolled in 1976; in 1989-90 a subset of 32 825 women provided blood samples. Participants 4676 disease-free women from nested… Read More

Mediterranean Diet Given Unesco Status in Seven Countries

The Mediterranean diet has been given heritage status in Portugal, Croatia, Cyprus, Spain, Morocco, Italy, and Greece after the eighth session of Unesco’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Baku, Azerbaijan. Italy, Spain, Greece, and Morocco have had the status since 2010. Reference BMJ 2013;347:f7424.

Article: Cardiovascular Risk, Diabetes & Weight Loss

Cardiovascular risk can be improved in people with type 2 diabetes by reducing blood glucose concentrations and lipid profiles and by weight loss. A systematic review of dietary interventions included 20 randomised controlled trials. Glycaemic control improved more with low carbohydrate, low glycaemic index, Mediterranean, and high protein diets than with control diets; the Mediterranean… Read More