Mediterranean foods and human health

Mostafa I. Waly*

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Chronic diseases have become the largest contributor to worldwide morbidity and mortality. Healthy diet represents an effective primary intervention measure in combating the onset of chronic diseases, and epidemiological studies had documented that Mediterranean foods are associated with low incidence of chronic diseases. Mediterranean diet is a combination of vegetables, fruits, moderate amounts of fish, white meat and some dairy produce. One key aspect of the Mediterranean diet is the inclusion of olive oil, nuts and fish. This chapter aims to clarify the positive effects of Mediterranean foods, mainly olive oil, polyphenols, nuts and fish in relation to human health and therapeutic properties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Engineering Series
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameFood Engineering Series
ISSN (Print)1571-0297


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antidiabetic
  • Brain function
  • Cardioprotective effect
  • Chemoprevention
  • Dietary bioactive agents
  • Fish
  • Mediterranean foods
  • Nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Oxidative stress
  • Polyphenols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Bioengineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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