The Mediterranean Diet

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The book is divided into three parts. The first part begins with the c lassical antecedents of the Mediterranean diet and defines the Mediter ranean diet, paying particular attention to its characteristics, patte rns, and epidemiological aspects. The second part deals with specific food components and commodities that constitute the Mediterranean diet and offers information about supply, production, usage, availability, consumption, choices, patterns, and contributions to the diet. The th ird part addresses health promotion and disease prevention, including discussion of life expectancy, coronary heart diserase, diabetes, canc er, and hypertension.

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Interest in the Mediterranean diet has been sparked by the observation that adults living in certain olive-growing areas of the Mediterranean basin display high life expectancies and low rates of chronic disease. Written primarily by Greek academics, 14 chapters provide a history of the Mediterranean diet and food patterns from the ancient Greeks through the present, describe specific food components and commodities that constitute the diet, and examine how the diet promotes good health with regard to diabetes and obesity, coronary heart disease, cancer, and longevity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849301100
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Modern Nutrition Series
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Mediterranean Food Patterns: The View from
Antiquity, Ancient Greeks and Romans,
Louis E. Grivetti
Mediterranean Diet: Historical Background and
Dietary Patterns in Pre-World War II
Greece, Antonia-Leda Matalas
The Mediterranean Diet: Definition,
Epidemiological Aspects, and Current
Patterns, Antonia Trichopoulou and Pagona Lagiou
Dietary Constituents
Fats and Oils, Apostolos K. Kyritsakis, Konstantinos A. Kyritsakis, and Maria-Nectaria Mavroudi
Fruits, Vegetables, Legumes, and Grains, George D. Nanos and Dimitrios G. Gerasopoulos
Milk and Dairy Products, Antonios J. Mantis
Meat and Meat Products, Spyros A Georgakis
Alcoholic Beverages, Mary Yannakoulia and Tonia Vassilakou
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Mediterranean Diet and Longevity, George Mamalakis
and Anthony Kafatos
Diabetes Mellitus, Obesity, and the Mediterranean Diet, Nicholas L. Katsilambros and Antonis Zampelas
The Mediterranean Diet and Coronary Heart Disease, Antonis Zampelas, Michael Hourdakis, and Niko Yiannakouris
Cancer and the Mediterranean Diet, Constantina Papoutsakis-Tsarouhas, and Ira Wolinsky
The Cyprus Experience, Michael Tornaritis, Savvas C. Savva, Maria Shamounki, Yiannis A. Kourides, and Charalambos Hadjigeorgiou
Nutrition Policy Issues and Further Research on the Mediterranean Diet: The Importance of Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, Michael J. Gibney and Helen M. Roche

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