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Special Issue "Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Giuseppe Grosso

1. Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Policlinico Vittorio Emanuele, Registro Tumori Integrato, Catania, Italy
2. NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge, UK
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Interests: evidence synthesis; nutritional epidemiology; polyphenols; Mediterranean diet; foods; nutrients; phytochemicals
Guest Editor
Dr. Daniela Martini

Department of Food & Drugs, Università degli Studi di Parma (UNIPR), Parma, Italy
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Interests: antioxidants; nutrients; diet; functional foods; biomarkers; bioactive compounds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Growing evidence shows that a dietary pattern inspired by Mediterranean diet principles is associated with numerous health benefits. A Mediterranean-type diet has been demonstrated to exert a preventive effect toward cardiovascular diseases, in both Mediterranean and non-Mediterranean populations. Part of these properties may depend on a positive action toward healthier metabolism, decreasing the risk of diabetes and metabolic-syndrome-related conditions. Some studies also suggested a potential role in preventing certain cancers. Finally, newer research has showed that a higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline, depression, and other mental disorders. Overall, a better understanding of the key elements of this dietary pattern, the underlying mechanisms, and targets, are needed to corroborate current evidence and provide insights on new and potential outcomes.

This Special Issue welcomes original research and reviews of literature concerning the Mediterranean diet and various health outcomes:

  • Observational studies on established nutritional cohorts (preferred), case-control studies, or population sample on the association with non-communicable diseases;
  • Level of evidence on the association with human health, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses;
  • Evaluation of application of Mediterranean diet principles in non-Mediterranean countries;
  • Description of mechanisms of action, pathways, and targets at the molecular level, including interaction with gut microbiota.
Dr. Giuseppe Grosso
Dr. Daniela Martini
Guest Editors

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  • mediterranean diet
  • non-communicable diseases
  • global
  • evidence

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Open AccessOpinion A Mediterranean Diet Model in Australia: Strategies for Translating the Traditional Mediterranean Diet into a Multicultural Setting
Nutrients 2018, 10(4), 465; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10040465
Received: 2 March 2018 / Revised: 4 April 2018 / Accepted: 8 April 2018 / Published: 9 April 2018
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Substantial evidence supports the effect of the Mediterranean Diet (MD) for managing chronic diseases, although trials have been primarily conducted in Mediterranean populations. The efficacy and feasibility of the Mediterranean dietary pattern for the management of chronic diseases has not been extensively evaluated
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Substantial evidence supports the effect of the Mediterranean Diet (MD) for managing chronic diseases, although trials have been primarily conducted in Mediterranean populations. The efficacy and feasibility of the Mediterranean dietary pattern for the management of chronic diseases has not been extensively evaluated in non-Mediterranean settings. This paper aims to describe the development of a MD model that complies with principles of the traditional MD applied in a multiethnic context. Optimal macronutrient and food-based composition was defined, and a two-week menu was devised incorporating traditional ingredients with evidence based on improvements in chronic disease management. Strategies were developed for the implementation of the diet model in a multiethnic population. Consistent with the principles of a traditional MD, the MD model was plant-based and high in dietary fat, predominantly monounsaturated fatty acids from extra virgin olive oil. Fruits, vegetables and wholegrains were a mainstay, and moderate amounts of nuts and seeds, fish, dairy and red wine were recommended. The diet encompassed key features of the MD including cuisine, biodiversity and sustainability. The MD model preserved traditional dietary components likely to elicit health benefits for individuals with chronic diseases, even with the adaptation to an Australian multiethnic population. Full article
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