Mediterranean Diet Helps Bones
By Kristina Eriksen
My article, “Mediterranean Diet Wins Again, Helps Bones,” was published on CNN.com and was last updated on March 28th, 2016. The author is Morgan Manella. The article summarizes the results of a study by JAMA Internal Medicine to determine if women’s postmenopausal diet quality has an effect on their bone health. The study included data from 90,014 women whose average age was 64. These women were asked to describe their diet at the beginning of the study using a food questionnaire and the researchers then compared each of their diets to four different diets – the Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet, and two others the article does not specify. The researchers then looked at the women 16 years later to compare the frequency of fractures in women with each of these diets. Women whose diets most closely resembled the Mediterranean diet were 0.29% less likely to experience a hip fracture compared to women who did not stick to that diet ("Mediterranean diet wins again", 2016). They conclude that a Mediterranean diet may play a small part in preventing fractures in postmenopausal women by maintaining bone health.
The author, Morgan Manella, has no credentials listed next to her name in the article, nutrition-related or otherwise. After performing a Google search on the author, I found out that she is an intern at CNN’s Health and Medical Unit (http://www.morganmanella.com/cnn.html). Because the author does not have any college education in nutrition and is not an expert in dietetics, she is not a nutrition expert and therefore is not a credible source for nutrition-related information (DeBruyne, 2014, p. 35).
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Part of Mediterranean diet.
Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are all included in the Mediterranean diet.
Salmon is the key lean protein in the Mediterranean diet.
DeBruyne, L.K., & Pinna, K. (2014). Nutrition for health and health care (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Manella, M. (2016, March 28). "Mediterranean diet wins again, helps bones". CNN. Retrieved April 01, 2016, from http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/28/health/mediterranean-diet-wins-again-helps-bones/