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Nutr Rev. 2009 May;67 Suppl 1:S111-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009.00172.x.

Mediterranean food pattern and the primary prevention of chronic disease: recent developments.

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  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Clinica Universitaria, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.


Recent evidence supports the cardioprotective role of a Mediterranean food pattern. The major findings of the Greek and EPIC-Elderly cohort, the SUN study, the Medi-RIVAGE and the PREDIMED trials are reviewed. Definitive answers will come from ongoing primary prevention trials that assess clinical events as outcomes.

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