Medical Journal Retracts Claims About Mediterranean Diet Due to Flawed Research

The famed diet was said to decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

For decades, “The Mediterranean Diet” has been the diet of choice for those who want a healthy lifestyle, but it is now being called into question. 

The diet calls for meals rich with vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts and olive oil. It was supposed to help you lose weight and lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Now, The New England Journal of Medicine says it's not so sure "The Mediterranean Diet" works as well as originally believed. The publication is now retracting its original findings, calling them flawed.

Nutritionist Alissa Rumsey says that even if the diet isn't all it’s cracked up to be, it still offers a healthy choice.

"I don't think we need to make as big of a deal as everyone is saying," she told Inside Edition. "'The Mediterranean Diet' is still a great eating pattern and there is lots of research outside of just this one study that shows lots of benefits for our health. The fruits, the vegetables, the healthy fats — those are all things we know are beneficial." 

Though the data is not as conclusive as first thought, it is still believed that the diet can yield health benefits.