Despite the recent controversy over the landmark Mediterranean diet study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013, the authors in their “re-analysis” came to the same conclusion, the New York Times reported.
Dr. Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez still says the Mediterranean diet can play a huge role in preventing cardiac events and strokes, cutting that risk by 30 percent in high-risk individuals.
The randomized nature of the trial, which was conducted in Spain, was recently called into question for several reasons, including the assignment of individuals to one particular diet related to the study. The Times reports some investigators would assign two members in the same household to different diets, and although one was randomly assigned, the other was not.
“We realized we had never reported that,” Martinez-Gonzalez told the Times.
Another issue uncovered was the trial’s assignment of the same diet to individuals in several small villages, another fact that went unreported in the published study.
Martinez-Gonzalez said the research assigned to that section “did not think it was important” to report that move.
To read the full report on the New York Times, click here.