Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

School of Chinese Medicine

Title

The anti-cancer and anti-obesity effects of Mediterranean diet

Language

English

Abstract

© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Cancers have been the leading cause of death worldwide and the prevalence of obesity is also increasing in these few decades. Interestingly, there is a direct association between cancer and obesity. Each year, more than 90,000 cancer deaths are caused by obesity or overweight. The dietary pattern in Crete, referred as the traditional Mediterranean diet, is believed to confer Crete people the low mortality rates from cancers. Nevertheless, the antiobesity effect of the Mediterranean diet is less studied. Given the causal relationship between obesity and cancer, the antiobesity effect of traditional Mediterranean diet might contribute to its anticancer effects. In this regard, we will critically review the anticancer and antiobesity effects of this diet and its dietary factors. The possible mechanisms underlying these effects will also be discussed.

Keywords

cancer, Mediterranean diet, nutrition, obesity, olive oil, polyphenols

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/10408398.2013.852510

ISSN (print)

10408398

ISSN (electronic)

15497852

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