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The Beneficial Health Effects of Vegetables and Wild Edible Greens: The Case of the Mediterranean Diet and Its Sustainability

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Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NZ, Kent, UK
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Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
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Department of Plant Science, Pennsylvania State University, 207 Tyson Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
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Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytokou Street, 38446 Volos, Greece
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(24), 9144; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10249144
Received: 20 November 2020 / Revised: 15 December 2020 / Accepted: 17 December 2020 / Published: 21 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Potential Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables)
The Mediterranean diet (MD) concept as currently known describes the dietary patterns that were followed in specific regions of the area in the 1950s and 1960s. The broad recognition of its positive effects on the longevity of Mediterranean populations also led to the adoption of this diet in other regions of the world, and scientific interest focused on revealing its health effects. MD is not only linked with eating specific nutritional food products but also with social, religious, environmental, and cultural aspects, thus representing a healthy lifestyle in general. However, modern lifestyles adhere to less healthy diets, alienating people from their heritage. Therefore, considering the increasing evidence of the beneficial health effects of adherence to the MD and the ongoing transitions in consumers’ behavior, the present review focuses on updating the scientific knowledge regarding this diet and its relevance to agrobiodiversity. In addition, it also considers a sustainable approach for new marketing opportunities and consumer trends of the MD. View Full-Text
Keywords: agrobiodiversity; antioxidant activity; bioactive compounds; health benefits; medicinal properties; Mediterranean diet; market food trends; sustainability; wild edible greens agrobiodiversity; antioxidant activity; bioactive compounds; health benefits; medicinal properties; Mediterranean diet; market food trends; sustainability; wild edible greens
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Chatzopoulou, E.; Carocho, M.; Di Gioia, F.; Petropoulos, S.A. The Beneficial Health Effects of Vegetables and Wild Edible Greens: The Case of the Mediterranean Diet and Its Sustainability. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 9144. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10249144

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Chatzopoulou E, Carocho M, Di Gioia F, Petropoulos SA. The Beneficial Health Effects of Vegetables and Wild Edible Greens: The Case of the Mediterranean Diet and Its Sustainability. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(24):9144. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10249144

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Chatzopoulou, Elena, Márcio Carocho, Francesco Di Gioia, and Spyridon A. Petropoulos. 2020. "The Beneficial Health Effects of Vegetables and Wild Edible Greens: The Case of the Mediterranean Diet and Its Sustainability" Applied Sciences 10, no. 24: 9144. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10249144

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