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The Mediterranean diet – a review of evidence relevant to the food and drink industry

The Mediterranean diet – a review of evidence relevant to the food and drink industry Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to inform readers of the cultural and scientific basis of the Mediterranean diet. Design/methodology/approach – This review was compiled using peer reviewed articles and with the support of Oldways, the non‐profit organisation responsible for designing the Mediterranean diet pyramid in association with Harvard School of Public Health. It is designed to create a resource, which could be disseminated within the food industry to stimulate debate and an understanding of the commercial opportunities for products based on the Mediterranean diet. Findings – From the review of information on the subject there is compelling evidence of the benefits of a Mediterranean diet having a beneficial effect on health status with a reduction in conditions such as coronary heart disease and cancers. Research limitations/implications – This is a literature review based on large studies of the Mediterranean diet and is not an intervention study. Practical implications – It is hoped that the food industry can consider the scientific and market research evidence presented and, through innovation and new brand development, offer the possibility of products, which will promote choice and access to increasingly healthy foods. Social implications – The compilation of evidence citing the benefits of the Mediterranean diet supports an easily adapted and flavourful diet with numerous health benefits. For the food industry it provides an original concept designed to support the research and development of new initiatives to promote healthy food products. Originality/value – The benefits of the Mediterranean diet are shown to have significant benefits on health and are easily implemented. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nutrition & Food Science Emerald Publishing

The Mediterranean diet – a review of evidence relevant to the food and drink industry

Nutrition & Food Science , Volume 43 (1): 10 – Feb 1, 2013

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0034-6659
DOI
10.1108/00346651311295851
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to inform readers of the cultural and scientific basis of the Mediterranean diet. Design/methodology/approach – This review was compiled using peer reviewed articles and with the support of Oldways, the non‐profit organisation responsible for designing the Mediterranean diet pyramid in association with Harvard School of Public Health. It is designed to create a resource, which could be disseminated within the food industry to stimulate debate and an understanding of the commercial opportunities for products based on the Mediterranean diet. Findings – From the review of information on the subject there is compelling evidence of the benefits of a Mediterranean diet having a beneficial effect on health status with a reduction in conditions such as coronary heart disease and cancers. Research limitations/implications – This is a literature review based on large studies of the Mediterranean diet and is not an intervention study. Practical implications – It is hoped that the food industry can consider the scientific and market research evidence presented and, through innovation and new brand development, offer the possibility of products, which will promote choice and access to increasingly healthy foods. Social implications – The compilation of evidence citing the benefits of the Mediterranean diet supports an easily adapted and flavourful diet with numerous health benefits. For the food industry it provides an original concept designed to support the research and development of new initiatives to promote healthy food products. Originality/value – The benefits of the Mediterranean diet are shown to have significant benefits on health and are easily implemented.

Journal

Nutrition & Food ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 2013

Keywords: Mediterranean diet; Health promotion; Food industry; Diet; Personal health

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