Study finds limitation in effectiveness of Mediterranean Diet

Study finds limitation in effectiveness of Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet has long been recognized for its nutritional advantages but a new study has discovered a notable caveat to the health benefits that the particular diet provides.

This famous, lip-smacking mix of vegetables, fish, fruit and whole grains served with a splash of olive oil is mainly used around the Mediterranean Sea, but it is also becoming increasing popular in many other parts of the world.

A team of researchers in Italy analyzed nearly 19,000 people’s adherence to the Mediterranean diet, and found that the cardiovascular benefits of the diet essentially extended only to well off and highly educated individuals.

Marialaura Bonaccio from the Pozzilli, Italy-based IRCCS Neuromed, said, “In other words, a person from low socioeconomic status who struggles to follow a Mediterranean model, is unlikely to get the same advantages of a person with higher income, despite the fact that they both similarly adhere to the same healthy diet.”

The analysis was part of a broader health research called the Moli-sani Project.

The researchers reported their findings in the most recent edition of the International Journal of Epidemiology.