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Special Reports September 2013 Issue

Mediterranean Diet: Health vs. Hype

The principles behind this much-touted healthy eating pattern aren’t so different from other scientifically based nutrition advice.

As a reader of this newsletter, you know that the “Mediterranean diet” has been associated with a wide range of health benefits. Most recently, we’ve reported on findings from the Spanish PREDIMED study linking such a diet to reduced risk of heart disease (June 2013) and cognitive decline (August 2013). Other studies have suggested preventive benefits against certain cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and depression. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends the Mediterranean diet as one…

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