Vegetables and Fruits

  • Giulio Testolin
  • Ambrogina Alberio
  • Ernestina Casiraghi


A characteristic of the Mediterranean diet is the high intake of fruit and vegetables. From the nutritional point of view, the diet is rich in elements such as minerals, fiber, and optimally bioavailable vitamins, plus minor organic substances. Several of these (mineral salts, vitamins, and other organic substances) have pharmacological or protective functions that contribute to maintaining health (Burr and Sveetnam 1982; Acheson and Williams 1983; Gey 1986; Ames 1983). It is interesting to determine how the Mediterranean diet differs from diets typical of other populations, such as those of northern Europeans, who have a high incidence of chronic degenerative diseases. The most noticeable differences between the diets are in fruit and vegetable intake.


Dietary Fiber Mediterranean Diet Fresh Fruit Citrus Fruit Rosmarinic Acid 
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  • Giulio Testolin
  • Ambrogina Alberio
  • Ernestina Casiraghi

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