Chapter 22

The Mediterranean Diet and Obesity from a Nutrigenetic and Epigenetics Perspective

Marta Garaulet, PhD garaulet@um.es    University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain

Abstract

Evidence points toward a role for the Mediterranean diet in preventing obesity. It also seems to be a safe strategy for treating metabolic syndrome and reducing associated cardiovascular risk. Moreover, results suggest that promoting eating habits consistent with Mediterranean dietary patterns may be a useful part of efforts to combat obesity. Indeed, the Mediterranean diet also has been proposed to initiate weight loss. It covers most nutritional recommendations indicated for achieving adequate weight loss. More important, our research group, among others, have demonstrated ...

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