The anticancer and antiobesity effects of Mediterranean diet

Hiu Yee KWAN*, Xiaojuan Chao, Tao Su, Xiuqiong FU, Anfernee K W TSE, David W F FONG, Zhiling YU

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-94
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Food Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

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

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