Comments on: Mediterranean Diet May Improve Bone Health, Study Suggests http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/08/15/mediterranean-diet-may-improve-bone-health-study-suggests/ The latest Health news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:42 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: AL http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/08/15/mediterranean-diet-may-improve-bone-health-study-suggests/#comment-1740320 AL Sat, 18 Aug 2012 20:31:58 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=119432#comment-1740320 One of the reasons the Mediterranean Diet claims to “lower cardiovascular risk[…] reduce pain and swollen joints in rheumatoid arthiritis” is due to the diet’s high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower inflammation. This diet is also rich in olive oil, a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids. Natural Standard summarized this study, which found that women on the Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of premature death. One of the reasons the Mediterranean Diet claims to “lower cardiovascular risk[…] reduce pain and swollen joints in rheumatoid arthiritis” is due to the diet’s high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower inflammation. This diet is also rich in olive oil, a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids. Natural Standard summarized this study, which found that women on the Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of premature death.

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By: Girish http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/08/15/mediterranean-diet-may-improve-bone-health-study-suggests/#comment-1738601 Girish Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:20:51 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=119432#comment-1738601 I mostly agree with David Griffin. Although I would add that the Mediterranean diet has lot more Milk and milk products and in combination with olive oil there may be a complimentary or a cooperative effect. Olive oil maybe a good source of osteocalcin and may improve the absorption of vitamin D but one still needs to have an appropriate calcium intake. I mostly agree with David Griffin. Although I would add that the Mediterranean diet has lot more Milk and milk products and in combination with olive oil there may be a complimentary or a cooperative effect. Olive oil maybe a good source of osteocalcin and may improve the absorption of vitamin D but one still needs to have an appropriate calcium intake.

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By: David Griffin http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/08/15/mediterranean-diet-may-improve-bone-health-study-suggests/#comment-1738588 David Griffin Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:06:36 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=119432#comment-1738588 Please don't let this mislead and confuse you. The Mediterranean diet IS much better for you and your bones than the Standard American Diet (SAD), but it's absolutely not the olive oil that makes it so. It's the fact this is the diets only weakness. Even as the article later states, they consume "minimally processed fruits, vegetables, breads, beans, nuts and seeds". Sound ANYTHING like our diet, where us Americans consume 65% of our calories from processed, refined foods, and 20-25% from animal products, leaving 5% for vegetables and whole grains!? THAT is what makes the difference. Completely opposite. So it MUST be the olive oil??? Also, the higher levels of osteocalcin is a result of eating foods rich in vitamin K - where does K come from? Green leafy vegetables. So why must they always dwell on the olive oil as if its the magic bullet - like opening the article with "could olive oil be the new milk?" Oil, like sugar or white flour, is a processed food, with 120 calories per tablespoon - with only trace amounts of nutrients - missing the lignans, sterols, stanols, and fiber from the original source. It is NOT what makes the Mediterranean healthy - and in fact it makes it less healthy. We should get our omega-3 fats from whole food sources like nuts and seeds. If those on the Mediterranean diet cut out olive oil and ate more nuts and seeds in their place, they would be much healthier. There have been many studies about this, but I continue to see articles giving praise to olive oil. I think the reason we dwell on the olive oil component is because it creates an excuse to consume processed food - more compelling to our addictive brains than, say, kale and walnuts. Please don’t let this mislead and confuse you. The Mediterranean diet IS much better for you and your bones than the Standard American Diet (SAD), but it’s absolutely not the olive oil that makes it so. It’s the fact this is the diets only weakness. Even as the article later states, they consume “minimally processed fruits, vegetables, breads, beans, nuts and seeds”. Sound ANYTHING like our diet, where us Americans consume 65% of our calories from processed, refined foods, and 20-25% from animal products, leaving 5% for vegetables and whole grains!? THAT is what makes the difference. Completely opposite. So it MUST be the olive oil??? Also, the higher levels of osteocalcin is a result of eating foods rich in vitamin K – where does K come from? Green leafy vegetables. So why must they always dwell on the olive oil as if its the magic bullet – like opening the article with “could olive oil be the new milk?” Oil, like sugar or white flour, is a processed food, with 120 calories per tablespoon – with only trace amounts of nutrients – missing the lignans, sterols, stanols, and fiber from the original source. It is NOT what makes the Mediterranean healthy – and in fact it makes it less healthy. We should get our omega-3 fats from whole food sources like nuts and seeds. If those on the Mediterranean diet cut out olive oil and ate more nuts and seeds in their place, they would be much healthier. There have been many studies about this, but I continue to see articles giving praise to olive oil. I think the reason we dwell on the olive oil component is because it creates an excuse to consume processed food – more compelling to our addictive brains than, say, kale and walnuts.

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