School of Chinese Medicine
The anti-cancer and anti-obesity effects of Mediterranean diet
© 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.
cancer, Mediterranean diet, nutrition, obesity, olive oil, polyphenols
Source Publication Title
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Kwan, Hiu Yee, Xiaojuan Chao, Tao Su, Xiuqiong Fu, Anfernee Kai Wing Tse, Wang fun Fong, and Zhi-Ling Yu. "The anti-cancer and anti-obesity effects of Mediterranean diet." Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition (2015).