The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

An Evidence-Based Approach

2nd Edition - July 4, 2020

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  • Editors: Victor Preedy, Ronald Watson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128195789
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128186497

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The Mediterranean Diet: An Evidence-Based Approach, Second Edition provides authoritative material on the many facets surrounding the complex interrelationships between diet, nutrition, health and well-being. The book discusses historical, cultural and scientific foundations, with chapters delving into nutritional adequacy, agricultural practices, food culture, mortality, quality of life, children and adolescents, behavior, cardiovascular diseases, diet quality, nutritional knowledge, nuts, minerals, olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, water, antioxidant nutritional status, ketogenics, adiposity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular risk, nutrigenetics, epigenetics, the link between epigenetics and pregnancy, gene polymorphisms bone health, insulin signaling inflammatory gene expression, and more.

Key Features

  • Provides supportive evidence to embrace a holistic approach in understanding the Mediterranean diet, from the cell to the well-being of geographical populations
  • Addresses concepts, overviews, components of the diet, and medical, health and nutritional aspects
  • Contains coverage of emerging fields of diet science and important discoveries relating to diet and nutrition


Nutritionists, dietitians, health care professionals, research scientists, biochemists, physicians, general practitioners, public health practitioners, undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of nutrition/dietetics and food technology, nutritional epidemiologists, and others interested in health

Table of Contents

  • Section A: The Mediterranean diet: Concepts and overviews

    1. The Mediterranean diet: History, concepts and elements

    Jordi Salas-Salvadó and Christopher Papandreou

    2. Mediterranean diet: A long journey toward intangible cultural and sustainability

    Lluís Serra-Majem and F. Xavier Medina

    3. Mediterranean diet in children and adolescents

    Emmanuella Magriplis and Antonis Zampelas

    4. The Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular disease: An overview

    Emmanuella Magriplis and Antonis Zampelas

    5. Socioeconomic factors for the adherence to the Mediterranean diet in North Africa: The shift from 1990 to 2019

    Karima El Rhazi, Khaoula El Kinany, and Vanessa Garcia-Larsen

    6. Mediterranean lifestyle: Linking social life and behaviors, residential environment, and cardiovascular disease prevention

    Ekavi N. Georgousopoulou, Elena S. George, Duane D. Mellor, and Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos

    7. Orthodox religious fasting: A vital subset of the Mediterranean diet

    Theocharis Koufakis, Spyridon N. Karras, Pantelis Zebekakis, and Kalliopi Kotsa

    8. Food security and adherence to the Mediterranean diet: An interplay of socio-demographic characteristics

    Maria G. Grammatikopoulou, Konstantinos Gkiouras, Antigoni Tranidou, and Dimitrios G. Goulis

    9. Mediterranean diet, nutrition transition, and cardiovascular risk factor in children and adolescents

    Roberta Ricotti, Marina Caputo, and Flavia Prodam

    10. Precision nutrition: Mediterranean diet and genetic susceptibility

    Mahmut Cerkez Ergoren and Gulten Tuncel

    11. Mediterranean food and environmental impacts

    Youssef Aboussaleh, Hamid El Bilali, Francesco Bottalico, Gianluigi Cardone, Giovanni Ottomano Palmisano, and Roberto Capone

    12. Mediterranean adequacy index: Features and applications

    Alessandro Menotti and Paolo Emilio Puddu

    13. Nutritional adequacy of the Mediterranean diet

    Itandehui Castro Quezada, Blanca Román Viñas, and Lluís Serra-Majem

    14. Toward a Mediterranean-style diet outside the Mediterranean region: Evidence of implementation and adherence

    Fotini Tsofliou, Eirini-Iro Arvanitidou, and Xenophon Theodoridis

    Section B: Components of the Mediterranean diet

    15. Contribution of nuts to the Mediterranean diet

    Emilio Ros

    16. The Mediterranean diet and mineral composition

    Marta Mesías, Isabel Seiquer, and Cristina Delgado-Andrade

    17. Hydroxytyrosol as a component in the Mediterranean diet and its role in disease prevention

    Carmen Ramírez-Tortosa, Cristina Ramirez-Perez, José J. Gaforio, José L. Quiles, Juan A. Moreno, and Cesar L. Ramirez-Tortosa

    18. Light, regular red wine consumption at main meals: A key cardioprotective element of traditional Mediterranean diet

    Marcello Iriti, Elena Maria Varoni, and Sara Vitalini

    19. Frying a cultural way of cooking in the Mediterranean diet and how to obtain improved fried foods

    Alba Garcimartín, Adrián Macho-González, Giulia Caso, Juana Benedí, Sara Bastida, and Francisco J. Sánchez-Muniz

    20. Wild greens used in the Mediterranean diet

    Rúbia C.G. Corrêa, Francesco Di Gioia, Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira, and Spyridon A. Petropoulos

    21. Raisins and the other dried fruits: Chemical profile and health benefits

    Magdalena Jeszka-Skowron and Beata Czarczyńska-Goślińska

    22. Date palm fruit (Phoenix dactylifera): Nutritional values and potential benefits on health

    Najla Bentrad and Asma Hamida-Ferhat

    23. Dietary fiber intake and the Mediterranean population

    Ligia J. Dominguez and Mario Barbagallo

    24. Oleic acid and implications for the Mediterranean diet

    Aleksandra Arsic

    25. Fish in the Mediterranean diet

    María Molina-Vega, Ana María Gómez Pérez, and Francisco J. Tinahones

    26. The Mediterranean diet and its individual components: Linking with obesity in Italy

    Silvio Buscemi, Davide Corleo, Fabio Galvano, and Antonino De Lorenzo

    27. Bioactive compounds in oranges from the Mediterranean climate area

    Laura Cebadera-Miranda, Patricia Morales, and Montaña Cámara

    Section C

    Medical, health, and nutritional

    aspects of the Mediterranean diet

    28. Gestational diabetes mellitus and Mediterranean diet principles

    Carla Assaf-Balut, Nuria García de la Torre, Laura del Valle, Johanna Valerio, Alejandra Durán, Elena Bordiú, Ana Barabash, Miguel Rubio, and Alfonso Luis Calle-Pascual

    29. The Mediterranean diet and asthma

    Despina Koumpagioti, Barbara Boutopoulou, and Konstantinos Douros

    30. The Mediterranean diet, dietary inflammatory index, and adiposity

    Cristina Galarregui, M. Angeles Zulet, J. Alfredo Martínez, and Itziar Abete

    31. Microglia-mediated neuroinflammation and Mediterranean diet

    Ruth Hornedo-Ortega, Rocío M. de Pablos, Ana B. Cerezo, Tristan Richard, M. Carmen Garcia-Parrilla, and Ana M. Troncoso

    32. Mediterranean diet, inflammation, and telomere length maintenance

    Sergio Davinelli and Giovanni Scapagnini

    33. Olive oil nutraceuticals and chronic disease prevention: More than an offshoot of the Mediterranean diet

    Ahmad Alkhatib

    34. The Mediterranean diet and metabolic syndrome

    E. Gouveri, G. Marakomichelakis, and E.J. Diamantopoulos

    35. The Mediterranean diet and breast cancer risk

    Christiana A. Demetriou, Maria G. Kakkoura, Andreas Hadjisavvas, Maria A. Loizidou, Carlotta Sacerdote, Paolo Vineis, and Kyriacos Kyriacou

    36. The Mediterranean diet and arthritis

    Francesca Oliviero, Paolo Sfriso, Paola Galozzi, Leonardo Punzi, and Paolo Spinella

    37. Mediterranean diet and pregnancy

    E. Gesteiro, Francisco J. Sánchez-Muniz, and Sara Bastida

    38. Laryngopharyngeal reflux and the Mediterranean diet

    Craig H. Zalvan, Jan Geliebter, and Raj Tiwari

    39. The Mediterranean style diet and cognition

    Roy J. Hardman and Melissa Formica

    40. Mediterranean diet and mental well-being in the young

    J.J. Muros and E. Knox

    41. Mediterranean diet and female fertility: Cross-talk of an evidence-based approach

    Maria G. Grammatikopoulou, Maria Lampropoulou, and Dimitrios G. Goulis

    42. Mediterranean diet and the postprandial state: A focus on inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and hemostasis

    Paraskevi Detopoulou, Elizabeth Fragopoulou, Tzortzis Nomikos, and Smaragdi Antonopoulou

    43. Socioeconomic determinants of the adherence to the Mediterranean diet

    Marialaura Bonaccio, Americo Bonanni, Maria Benedetta Donati, Giovanni de Gaetano, and Licia Iacoviello

    44. Fungal species and toxins in wines and grapes in the Mediterranean area

    Francesco Tini, Giovanni Beccari, and Lorenzo Covarelli

    45. Metabolomics and the Mediterranean diet

    M. Isabel Ruiz-Moreno, Alberto Vilches-Perez, Cristina Gallardo-Escribano, Maria Garces-Martin, and M. Rosa Bernal-Lopez46. Antiinflammatory activity exerted by minor compounds found in virgin olive oilsCristina Sánchez-Quesada, Carmen Rodríguez-García, and José J. Gaforio


    Section D: Novel nutraceuticals and edible plants used in the Mediterranean region

    47. Effects of nutraceuticals of Mediterranean diet on aging and longevity

    Anna Aiello, Giulia Accardi, Calogero Caruso, and Giuseppina Candore

    48. Essential oils from Mediterranean aromatic plants

    Filomena Nazzaro, Laura De Martino, Florinda, Fratianni, and Vincenzo De Feo

    49. Apoptotic activities of Mediterranean plants

    José-Luis Ríos and Isabel Andújar

    50. Red wine and atherosclerosis: Implications for the Mediterranean diet

    Bianca Scolaro

Product details

  • No. of pages: 614
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: July 4, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128195789
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128186497

About the Editors

Victor Preedy

Dr. Preedy is a senior member of King's College London and Director of the Genomics Centre and a member of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. Professor Preedy has longstanding academic interests in substance misuse especially in relation to health and well-being. In his career Professor Preedy was Reader at the Addictive Behaviour Centre at The University of Roehampton, and also Reader at the School of Pharmacy (now part of University College London; UCL). Professor Preedy is an extremely experienced book editor, having edited influential works including but not limited to The Handbook of Alcohol Related Pathology, The Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse, The Handbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies, The Neuroscience of Cocaine, and upcoming titles The Neuroscience of Alcohol, The Neuroscience of Nicotine, and more (all Elsevier).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, Department of Clinical Biochemistry; Director of the Genomics Centre, King’s College, London, UK

Ronald Watson

Ronald Watson
Ronald Ross Watson, PhD, is Professor of Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Watson began his research in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Fellow in 1971 doing field work on vaccines in Saudi Arabia. He has done clinical studies in Colombia, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States which provides a broad international view of public health. He has served in the military reserve hospital for 17 years with extensive training in medical responses to disasters as the chief biochemistry officer of a general hospital, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He is a distinguished member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, and cancer societies. Dr. Watson’s career has involved studying many lifestyle aspects for their uses in health promotion. He has edited over 100 biomedical reference books and 450 papers and chapters. His teaching and research focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs of abuse in heart function and disease in mouse models.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and School of Medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

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