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

Statins or not? New study helps you decide – CNN.com

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)

CNN reports that a new study has reviewed all the data on the harms and benefits of statins to help the millions with high cholesterol worldwide ensure they are informed.

Source: Statins or not? New study helps you decide – CNN.com

I’m still not convinced that this is a balanced viewpoint. For example, there are lifestyle choices to reduce cholesterol too. Also there’s probably not enough evidence to show the long term impact of statins.

What about a major research study comparing the benefits of a Mediterranean diet Vs. statins?

 

Thoughts?