2. Acid Reflux: Mediterranean Diet as Effective as Drugs?
A study published in JAMA Otolaryngology examined the medical records of people with acid reflux in the throat. One cohort had been treated with proton-pump inhibitors and asked to avoid foods that exacerbate the problem (carbonated beverages, alcohol, spicy or greasy meals and so on). The second group avoided the same items, drank only alkaline water and ate a Mediterranean-style diet wherein 90 per cent of the food came from plants. After six weeks, the two cohorts saw roughly the same improvement.