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Epidemiological research
Healthy lifestyle and the risk of Alzheimer dementia: Findings from 2 longitudinal studies.

Gender, Age, Geographical Area, Food Neophobia and Their Relationships with the Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet: New Insights from a Large Population Cross-Sectional Study.

Association Between Healthy Eating Patterns and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.
Lifestyle Behavior and the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in the Seguimiento Universidad De Navarra (SUN) Cohort

Relationship between Diet, Menstrual Pain and other Menstrual Characteristics among Spanish Students.

Basic research
Potential role of gut microbiota, the proto-oncogene PIKE (Agap2) and cytochrome P450 CYP2W1 in promotion of liver cancer by alcoholic and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and protection by dietary soy protein.

The effect of high doses of ω-3 fatty acid on the structure of the gastrocnemius muscle and on the lipidic profile of Wistar rats submitted to swimming.

Impact of Phenol-Enriched Virgin Olive Oils on the Postprandial Levels of Circulating microRNAs Related to Cardiovascular Disease.

Associations of telomere length with two dietary quality indices after a lifestyle intervention in children with abdominal obesity: a randomized controlled trial.

Multiple risk behaviour intervention to prevent depression in primary care.

A review of nutrition and dietary interventions in oncology.

Risk Reduction and Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease: Biological Mechanisms of Diet

Nutrition and Sarcopenia-What Do We Know?

Verticillium Wilt of Olive and its Control: What Did We Learn during the Last Decade?

Science and Healthy Meals in the World: Nutritional Epigenomics and Nutrigenetics of the Mediterranean Diet.

Mediterranean Diet for Patients With Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Observational and Clinical Investigations

Anticancer Effects of Nutraceuticals in the Mediterranean Diet: An Epigenetic Diet Model

Applied nutrition investigation
Global and local diet popularity rankings, their secular trends, and seasonal variation in Google Trends data.

Nutrition education
Experiential Application of a Culinary Medicine Cultural Immersion Program for Health Professionals.

Perspective article
The Forgotten Fruit: A Case for Consuming Avocado Within the Traditional Mediterranean Diet.


The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans highlight the necessity to shift from individual foods or nutrients to healthy eating patterns as a whole. A priori dietary patterns have been widely applied in numerous epidemiological studies to further investigate their association with the risk of various chronic diseases. Recently, evidence from the Nurses Health Studies and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS) with up to 32 years of follow-up, analyzed the association between adherence to different a priori dietary patterns and cardiovascular disease. An Alternate Mediterranean Diet Score as well as other indices including the Healthy Eating Index–2015, Healthful Plant-Based Diet Index, and the Alternate Healthy Eating Index were associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Beyond dietary indices, other health-scores offer additional insight into their association with chronic diseases such as diabetes. A new research from the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) cohort study has shown that higher adherence to a “healthy lifestyle score (HLS)” may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. This lifestyle-assessment tool evaluates smoking habits, physical activity, Mediterranean diet adherence, alcohol consumption, television exposure, nap habits, social activities, and working hours.

The Mediterranean diet (MD) has recently drawn greater attention for its ability to decrease the risk of cancer. The elevated polyphenol content of olive oil, the predominant source of fat in the MD, might explain its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. In fact, this diet antioxidant and nutrigenomic modulation power fundamentally due to olive oil polyphenols, in conjunction with red wine resveratrol and tomato lycopene.

Some of the bioactive components within the MD are of interest in the field of epigenetics. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is primarily composed of monounsaturated fatty acids and omega-3, however, it also contains other components. A smaller percentage of EVOO is conformed by linoleic acid, vitamin E and other elements that have been correlated with lower incidence of arteriosclerosis, diabetes, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, skin disease, cancer and an influence over the ageing process.

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