Mediterranean Diet Under Scrutiny

A published study on the “Mediterranean diet” was under scrutiny on how the patient’s information in the study was gathered on the diet’s heart benefits. The experiment was published in the New England Journal of Medicine by author Yoshitaka Fujii in 2013 and made International headlines. 30% lowered Fujji’s conclusion; the risk of heart disease on the Mediterranean diet. However, British anesthesiologist, John Carlisle, and a few other colleagues challenged whether real-life experiments created the studies.

They had been noticing inconsistencies in Fujii’s publishing’s going back as far as the year 2000. “If you’re making up data, the temptation is to make your groups more similar than what would happen under natural circumstances,” Carlisle told The Post. Carlisle went as far as writing to the top editor at the Journal of Anesthesia questioning the validity of Fujji’s published study. 11 more reports became under review, but only the Mediterranean diet had enough discrepancies to validate further research.

The New England Journal of Medicine retracted their first findings by Fujji and republished a revised study by Miguel A. Martínez-González from the University of Navarra. However, the original study concluded the Mediterranean diet “resulted in a substantial reduction in the risk” of major heart illness among high-risk people. While the new study says those on the Mediterranean diet had a lower risk than those who were not. Although there are notes that Fujii did fabricate most of his data, the conclusions were just as convincing as the original findings according to Martinez-Gonzalez.

So what is this Mediterranean diet?

Also, documented research states that the Mediterranean Diet reduces risks of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

The basic concept of the diet:

Plant-based Foods 9x daily- Fruits, Vegetable, Legumes, Whole Grains, and Raw Nuts.
Limit your Red Meat to 3x Month
Fish and Chicken 2x Week
Extra Virgin Olive
Limit Dairy- Use Whole or 2% if you decide to have some.

Oh yeah, and you can drink Wine. Five oz daily for Women, and 10 oz for Men.

Stay away from Trans and Saturated Fats. They include fried foods, margarine, hydrogenated vegetable oil, shortening, and cheese, and higher fat meat like beef and pork.