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