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Effect of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Traditional Brazilian Diet on the Bone Health Parameters of Severely Obese Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Mental health
Burnout Syndrome Risk in Child and Adolescent Tennis Players and The Role of Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet.
Dietary pattern in relation to the risk of Alzheimer's disease: a systematic review.
Cardiovascular disease
Mediterranean Diet Increases Endothelial Function in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.
Energy-adjusted Dietary Inflammatory Index scores predict long-term cardiovascular disease mortality and other causes of death in an ecological analysis of the Seven Countries Study.
Cancer
The Effects of Diet and Dietary Interventions on the Quality of Life among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Cross-Sectional Analysis and a Systematic Review of Experimental Studies.
Critical patients
The Effect of Using Olive Oil and Fish Oil Prophylactic Dressings on Heel Pressure Injury Development in Critically Ill Patients.
Pregnancy outcomes
Prenatal dietary exposures and offspring body size from 6 months to 18 years: A systematic review.
Health and disease
Defining a Healthy Diet: Evidence for The Role of Contemporary Dietary Patterns in Health and Disease.
Basic research
Absorption and Intestinal Metabolic Profile of Oleocanthal in Rats.
Other news
Gelato with extra virgin olive oil is a functional food, Italian researchers say https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/cooking-with-olive-oil/gelato-with-evoo-is-a-functional-food-italian-researchers-say/79903
World Olive Oil Exhibition, 18-19 March 2020, Madrid https://www.oliveoilexhibition.com/

Summary:
The beneficial effect of the Mediterranean diet and its components on cardiovascular and mental health appears to be well established. However, according to the study by Barchitta M. et al. the beneficial health effect of the Mediterranean diet and specific Mediterranean foods on breast cancer survivors’ quality of life is still inconclusive. Within the context of a low consumption of red meat and carbonated beverages, daily consumption of wine and high consumption of sofrito (a sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and garlic simmered with olive oil) showed beneficial effects. Using olive oil as the main culinary fat, consuming low amounts of commercial sweets, and a high intake of nuts were associated with negative effects on quality of life. According to these results, the authors concluded that the Mediterranean diet has a null effect on quality of life of breast cancer survivors. However, the low sample size (n=42) of the study should be considered when interpreting the results and also consider that other authors have demonstrated the beneficial effects of a dietary and physical intervention on the quality of life of such patients. Therefore, more efforts (large sample size randomized intervention studies) are needed to understand the effect of the Mediterranean diet and its components, including olive oil, on breast cancer survivors’ quality of life.

The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet has been attributed to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacity. In this context, in the Seven Countries Study of Cardiovascular Diseases a positive linear correlations were found between the cohort-average energy adjusted dietary inflammatory index (E-DII) score and both overall death rates and major cardiovascular disease mortality rates. It should be mention that olive oil and monounsaturated fatty acids, among other foods and nutrients characteristic of the Mediterranean diet, were negatively associated with E-DII.

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