Mediterranean diet outdoes low-fat plan

A no-calorie limit Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil is not a recipe for weight gain - and may actually be a better strategy than avoiding all fatty foods, research has shown.

The finding adds to the current controversy surrounding health advice which recommends low-fat diets.

Current guidelines are misguided because they do not differentiate between "good" and "bad" fats, it is claimed.

A total of 7447 men and women took part in the new research in Spain between 2003 and 2010. All had Type 2 diabetes or were