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Mediterranean diet study flawed analysis warrants correction


Dear Doctor: For years now, I’ve been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, less meat and a whole lot of olive oil and mixed nuts. Now I’m seeing that one of the studies supporting this has been retracted. Can I go back to hamburgers and fries? Dear Reader: The Mediterranean diet has been the focus of all sorts of attention in the decades (yes, decades) since it was first introduced. Based on the eating habits of people living in southern Italy, Spain and Greece in the 1940s and ’50s, it’s just as you outlined — a fruit- and vegetable-forward diet with lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of nuts, legumes and olive oil.

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