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The Mediterranean Diets in Health and Disease : AVI Books - Gene A. Spiller

The Mediterranean Diets in Health and Disease

AVI Books

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1991
ISBN: 9780442004491
Number Of Pages: 336

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It is difficult to find the moment when the idea for a book is first born. For this book, the basic concept was probably born during conversations I had in Parma, Italy, with Dr. Riccardi of the University of Naples and Dr. Jenkins of the University of Toronto (Canada). Later, in a conference room at the University of Verona (Italy) School of Medicine, I had a day-long meeting with Drs. Bosello and Cominacini of the University of Verona, and Drs. Jenkins and Riccardi and their co-workers. After an intense working day, the general plan of this book was completed. The title Mediterranean diets rather than diet was appropriately cho­ sen as there is more than one Mediterranean diet, a point discussed in chapter 1. This chapter focuses on the definition of a Mediterranean diet and no matter what the reader's interest may be, it is imperative that this first chapter be carefully read. We should always remember that there are-from a preventive medi­ cine point of view-good and poor Mediterranean diets. The best exam­ ple is probably the difference between the high olive oil, high carbohy­ drate, low meat diet of southern Italy and the high saturated fat, higher meat diets of the northern Italians. Prevalence of disease parallels these differences. Chapter 2 covers some ancient history in an easy-to-read manner that is instructional as well as fascinating even for the nonmedical scientist or the nonhistorian.

Comparison of current eating habits in various Mediterranean countries; ancient Mediterranean food; cereal foods - wheat, corn, rice, barley and other ceareals and their products; legumes; vegetables and fruits; edible fats and oils; dairy products; grains, legumes; fruit and vegetables - lente carbohydrate sources in the Mediterranean diet; physiological effect of monosaturated oil; lipids; hypertension; cardiovascular diseases; obesity; diabetes; diet and cancer.

ISBN: 9780442004491
ISBN-10: 0442004494
Series: AVI Books
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 1991
Publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.74