The Mediterranean diet is often touted as a sort of anti-diet: a recipe for health and longevity that revolves around the region’s celebrated love of olive oil, vegetables, nuts, seafood and the occasional glass of red wine. But even this seemingly less dogmatic prescription is laced with complexity. First, the evidence is questionable: Much of the credit applied to the Mediterranean diet was fortified by a 2013 study run by PREDIMED, which has now been widely discredited, since approximately 20% of the participants were not randomly selected. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One Buy Now Related Stories Food Issue 41 A Mediterranean Supper Four citrusy recipes from the kitchen of Anissa Helou. Food Issue 41 An Herb Shop in Athens Herb specialist Evangelia Koutsovoulou treats Greek greens with the same reverence as wine and cheese. Arts & Culture Food Issue 51 Imogen Kwok The artist takes food styling quite literally, creating accessories out of fruits and vegetables. Food Issue 51 Fruit Plate A Cantonese approach by Calvin Eng. Arts & Culture Food Issue 51 Would a Cheeto Kill a Pilgrim? A vague answer to a minor concern. Food Issue 50 Sopa de Pan A Lil’ Deb’s Oasis recipe.