Mediterranean diet and cancer prevention: from tradition to research

1 October, 2015
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Coordinator: Giuseppe Iacomino (ISA)
Coordinator: Antonella Venezia (LILT)


Good nutrition, within a broader context of healthy and balanced lifestyle, is helpful in the prevention of multiple diseases in increasing popularity in the Western world over-time. Current lifestyles and diets, unfriendly from our traditions, have favored a growing epidemic of the so-called “diseases of affluence” (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, digestive disorders and various types of tumors). The news is certainly not new, but Mediterranean-style diet has certainly confirmed to be one of the healthiest. It 'a dietary pattern that is inspired by the culinary traditions of the countries of the Mediterranean area, characterized by the richness in content of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, nuts, moderate wine eating, low animal fats consumption and,  overall, a moderate caloric intake. The recognized health benefits of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention of chronic diseases are well reflected in numerous international scientific studies that will be discussed.

The event propounds a holistic and systemic viewpoint of feeding quality in a pathway that is based on a deep knowledge of food, diet and their correlation with a well-being condition. In this perspective, it is aimed to expand the scientific knowledge on the deep relationship existing between food and health, to promote good nutrition and healthy lifestyles, to encourage and improve the culture of food.