Opinion – Mediterranean diet ‘could prevent 19,000 deaths a year in UK’ | Life and style | The Guardian

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Olives in olive oil.

English: Olives in olive oil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m rather disappointed at this headline grabbing article in the Guardian. It cites a major study of UK eating habits concluding that diet rich in olive oil, fruits and vegetables could cut heart attack and stroke deaths.

Source: Mediterranean diet ‘could prevent 19,000 deaths a year in UK’ | Life and style | The Guardian

The health benefits of a Mediterranean diet are well known and have a rich research history.

The Guardian should have offered further analysis as to the barriers to reducing heart attacks and strokes in the UK. Some of the factors include:

  • Weak government policy
  • Powerful influence of the food lobby
  • Public healthcare offers no sanction for poor diet and inadequate excercise

Opinion – What’s in Your Herbal Pills? Firm Promises DNA Testing for Proof – The New York Times

500 mg calcium supplement tablets, with vitami...

500 mg calcium supplement tablets, with vitamin D, made from calcium carbonate, maltodextrin, mineral oil, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, glycerin, Vitamin D3, polyethylene glycol, and carnauba wax. These supplements are distributed by Nature Made Nutritional Products. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dietary supplements, such as the vitamin B sup...

Dietary supplements, such as the vitamin B supplement show above, are typically sold in pill form. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

If you or your family take herbal supplements this NYT article is a must-read. It reports that one of the national’s largest supplement makers will conduct advanced DNA testing to ensure its products contain the ingredients listed on the label.

Source: What’s in Your Herbal Pills? Firm Promises DNA Testing for Proof – The New York Times

This is a breakthrough. Pharmaceutical companies have long been critical of the regulation over health supplements, calling for pharmaceutical level standardization and quality assurance. Investigators have found that big US names have been selling questionable products.

This is a multi-billion Dollar industry. Big brands like Solgar will strengthen their product differentiation with DNA testing. Expect the new standards to shake the industry leaving consumers of these expensive products angry and confused.

Thoughts?