Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Mediterranean diet - again

Another big story on the so-called Mediterranean diet today. This time researchers say it seems to help protect against chronic diseases.

The latest research picks up Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease as well as heart disease and cancer. That makes it interesting so this time we are reporting it.

But as in May, I still have a problem with the medical definition of a Mediterranean diet. "Rich in olive oil, grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and fish", yes. But low in alcohol? Whatever happened to the grape and the wine that appears on dinner tables throughout the continent. The only really distinctive feature of the diet described here is olive oil, which by all accounts is pretty healthy. But nothing about the juice of the grape?

Again the latest findings ought to have credibility as they emanate from Florence, Italy. Florentines should know!

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