The authors of a major study on the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet published in 2013 have decided to withdraw it and replace it with a less pompous one, raising some eyebrows in the scientific community.
Past studies have shown that people consistently following a Mediterranean Diet are less likely to develop a heart condition or having a stroke. The latest research paper has reached the same conclusion, but the way it has reached it has drawn intense scrutiny.
The 2013 study was supposed to offer the strongest evidence to date that the Mediterranean Diet is good for the heart. The initial study revealed that the diet can trim the risk of cardiovascular disease and death from heart disease and stroke by a whopping 30%.
The trial lasted 5 years, and the findings appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, with the media and the public hailing the study results.
Mediterranean Diet Is Still Good for the Heart
However, this week, researchers decided to retract the original study and replace it with a new one. The decision was spurred by criticism of the scientific methods used in the initial experiment.
The revised study highlights a link between the Mediterranean Diet and heart health, as well. The diet can indeed keep at bay heart disease and stroke, but the language is considerably softened.
The original paper claimed that the diet is associated with a “substantial” lower risk of heart disease in people who are already at a high risk. The newest study says that the risk of heart illness is lower in “those assigned” to the diet when compared with people following other types of diets.
Lead author Miguel A. Martínez-González told reporters that the link between the diet and lower cardiovascular risk is as strong in the latest research paper as it was in the original study.
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