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

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Chapter 26

Molecular Aspects of Squalene and Implications for Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet

José J. Gaforio, MD, PhD1 jgaforio@ujaen.es; Cristina Sánchez-Quesada, MSc1 csquesad@ujaen.es; Alicia López-Biedma, MSc1 albiedma@ujaen.es; Ma del Carmen Ramírez-Tortose, PharmD, PhD2 mramirez@ugr.es; Fernando Warleta, BSc1 fwarleta@ujaen.es    1 University of Jaén, Jaén, Spain2 University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Abstract

Virgin olive oil is considered a key component of the Mediterranean diet, being the main source of dietary lipids. Squalene is a terpenoid hydrocarbon found at high concentration in virgin olive oils; it represents their main minor component. Thus squalene is a naturally occurring lipid component consumed by humans as an ...

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