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Debunked - Mediterranean Diet Benefits... NONE!

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More precisely, it appears 100% dependent on your income, according to this new study:



Many astounding claims. 


1) You will experience MD bennies ONLY if you have high income


2) If you are of low income and social status YOU WILL NOT get MD bennies - so don't bother. May as well eat hamburgers and fries, because the MD diet does nothing for you compared to standard diet - just as many CVD events and mortality.


3) The difference is "higher quality" MD - if you have more cash, your MD diet is superior to the poor person's MD diet - your EVOO is better, not the cheapo EVOO, your bread is superior, not the cheapo bread, you eat more fish, etc.


So, apparently quality of EVOO does make a difference! Get going on buying the high-poly and good chemistry EVOO!


Of course a lot of this feels like nonsense. The real question is - where is that nonsense located? Is it nonsense that only HIGH QUALITY MD has health bennies? Is it nonsense that there is no difference between SAD and "less expensive MD"? Is it nonsense that income is the real confounder, yet again for yet another behavior?


Who knows where the nonsense lies. All that one can say is that there is nonsense somewhere


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Nonsense is not hard to  locate.


This statement from "Health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are confirmed, but just for the upper class" --


... a person from low socioeconomic status who struggles to follow a Mediterranean model, is unlikely to get the same advantages of a person with higher income, despite the fact that they both similarly adhere to the same healthy diet."


is directly contradicted by these statements--


...people with high income or higher educational level consumed products richer in antioxidants and polyphenols, and had a greater diversity in fruit and vegetables choice. We have also found a socioeconomic gradient in the consumption of whole-grain products and in the preferred cooking methods. These substantial differences in consuming products belonging to Mediterranean diet lead us to think that quality of foods may be as important for health as quantity and frequency of intake."

...it might also be that the weakest citizens tend to buy 'Mediterranean' food with lower nutritional value.


So, no, the different socioeconomic groups don't "both similarly adhere to the same healthy diet."


The conclusion is also  illogical:


We cannot be keeping on say that the Mediterranean diet is good for health -- de Gaetano concludes -- if we are not able to guarantee an equal access to it."


Of course "we" can keep saying a high-quality Med diet is good--the quality of a diet and  the access to it are two separate issues.


...quality of foods may be as important for health as quantity and frequency of intake.


Ya think?

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