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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 7

Mediterranean Diet in Children and Adolescents

Paul Farajian, PhD pfarajian@nutrimed.gr; Antonis Zampelas, PhD azampelas@aua.gr    Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Abstract

Recent studies confirm that the Mediterranean diet (MD) may be an important health-promoting dietary scheme for children and adolescents. Adherence to the MD has been mostly assessed with a recently developed index and has been reported to be low to average; adherence is affected by socioeconomic, parental, and modern lifestyle factors. Greater adherence to the MD has been associated with the prevention of childhood wheeze and possibly asthma, better control of blood pressure levels, lower levels of markers of atherosclerotic progression, and ...

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