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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (4 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444330020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444330021
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,350,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012

“Overall, this a highly useful work of international significance, based on food science, cell biology, nutritional biochemistry, and first–rate investigative reporting.  Summing Up: Essential.  Lower–division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.”  (Choice, 1 October 2012)

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The Mediterranean Diet: Health and Science is a must–have introduction to the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and the epidemiological and experimental evidence that underpins these benefits.

This book is a timely, authoritative and accessible account of the Mediterranean diet for nutritionists and dietitians. It discusses the Mediterranean diet in the light of recent developments in nutritional biochemistry, disease mechanisms and epidemiological studies, and also provides advice on nutrition policies and interventions.

Recent large–scale epidemiological studies have confirmed the pre–eminence of the Mediterranean diet for reducing the risk of primary and secondary heart disease and cancer. There is also increasingly convincing evidence for its protective value against diabetes, dementias and other age–related diseases, and for increasing overall longevity. The importance of the Mediterranean diet was recently highlighted by its inclusion in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

The Mediterranean Diet: Health and Science opens with an overview of the Mediterranean diet, followed by a survey of the latest epidemiological evidence for its health benefits. There is detailed nutritional information on olive oil, wine, fish, fruit and vegetables, and other components of the Mediterranean diet, and this information is used to explain how the diet protects against a range of age–related diseases. The book emphasises the importance of understanding the Mediterranean diet in its totality by discussing the evidence for beneficial interactions between various components of the diet. There are also discussions of how agricultural practices, as well as food preparation and cooking techniques, influence the nutritional quality of the diet. The book concludes by discussing the social context in which the Mediterranean diet is eaten, and public health issues associated with adopting a Mediterranean diet, especially in the context of more northerly countries.

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The authors have created in this book a brilliant update on the science of modern nutrition and how this relates to the traditional "gold standard healthy diet" of the region, in the context of culture and lifestyles.
They have achieved a readable and well referenced work which should be regarded as one of the most extensively researched and most clearly presented books to date on this enormously important subject.
The authors are to be congratulated....
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This is a fantastic book about a very important subject. Richard Hoffmann and Mareitte Gerber have produced a comprehensive, well-written review of the research behind what has come to be known as the Mediterranean Diet. They have homed in on some very important issues - such as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - whilst highlighting some aspects of the various Mediterranean Diets which have thus far been been overlooked in analysis of the health benefits. Anyone interested in the science behind the health aspects of the MD should read this.
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