Polyphenols and the Mediterranean Diet

  • Manel Issaoui
  • Amélia Martins Delgado
  • Candela Iommi
  • Nadia Chammem

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the Chemistry of Foods book sub series (BRIEFSCHEFO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Manel Issaoui, Amélia Martins Delgado, Candela Iommi, Nadia Chammem
    Pages 1-17
  3. Manel Issaoui, Amélia Martins Delgado, Candela Iommi, Nadia Chammem
    Pages 19-31
  4. Manel Issaoui, Amélia Martins Delgado, Candela Iommi, Nadia Chammem
    Pages 33-54

About this book


This book focuses on polyphenols in the Mediterranean diet, providing a detailed overview of their chemical structure, extraction and analysis methods, and their role in the diet and in flavor.

Phenols are important not only in terms of preventing a number of diseases due to their antimicrobial and antioxidant effects, but also in shaping our perception of foods. The first chapter discusses consumers’ sensory assessment of foods containing polyphenols in terms of flavor and color, as well as the chemical properties and natural sources of phenolic compounds. The second chapter examines hygiene and safety claims with respect to naturally occurring polyphenols, especially in connection with organoleptic features. The third and final chapter examines the dietary sources of these molecules from various fruits, including processed products such as infusions, wines, oils and olives.

Given its scope, this book is a valuable resource for researchers in academia and industry interested in food safety, hygiene and production issues related to the Mediterranean diet.


Phytochemistry Antioxidants Oxidative Stress Nutrigenomics Plant Secondary Metabolism Bioactive Molecules in Food Phytonutrients Antinutrients Food Safety Food Hygiene Chemoprevention Plant-based Diet Olive Oil Phenolic Acids Flavonoids Stilbenes Lignans

Authors and affiliations

  • Manel Issaoui
    • 1
  • Amélia Martins Delgado
    • 2
  • Candela Iommi
    • 3
  • Nadia Chammem
    • 4
  1. 1.Functional Food & Vascular Health, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MonastirMonastirTunisia
  2. 2.MED-Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and DevelopmentUniversity of AlgarveFaroPortugal
  3. 3.Food Safety and Public Health ConsultantMilanItaly
  4. 4.LETMi, INSATUniversity of CarthageTunisTunisia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-41133-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-41134-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5407
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5415
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