Diets don’t work. We hear it all the time, leading us to believe that we could probably be healthy eating whatever we want—as long as the five slices of pizza are offset by a 10-mile run. But researchers from a new study suggest that one diet plays a positive role in bone health.
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, focused on the Mediterranean diet, consisting of minimally processed fruits, vegetables, breads, beans, nuts and seeds. The diet is also rich in olive oil, one of the healthier oils.
Researchers followed 127 elderly Spanish men, and those who were on the Mediterranean diet had higher levels of osteocalcin, a protein important in bone formation. Though there is no proof that the diet helps in the prevention of osteoporosis, the study is a stepping stone toward that direction. Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease in the United States, affecting about 10 million Americans, most of which are women, as stated on the National Osteoporosis Foundation website.
Despite the study’s finding, one thing stands true: You need more than fruits and veggies for healthy bones. The Mediterranean diet lacks in vitamin D- and calcium-rich foods. Got milk?