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Polyphenols and the Mediterranean Diet


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

  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

About the authors

Manel Issaoui is Assistant Professor of Quality Management at the Faculty of Science and Technology of Sidi Bouzid (Tunisia), and a researcher and project coordinator at the NAFS ‘Nutrition - Functional Food & Vascular Health’ laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Monastir. She holds a PhD in Biology and Biotechnology Sciences from the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir, and is a leading expert on olive oil quality and authenticity control.  She has published numerous research articles and is a reviewer for various scientific journals. Professor Issaoui is an SGS certified international auditor.

Amelia Martins Delgado is a native of the Mediterranean region, and was raised in the Mediterranean culture and traditions. She has a background in food engineering with an MSc from University of Lisbon and a PhD from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and works as a researcher and consultant on Mediterranean foods, their composition and safety. Dr Delgado has taken part in various projects and authored several publications related to the Mediterranean Diet (MD) including ‘Analysis of Main and Healthy Phenolic Compounds in Foods’ (Journal of AOAC International) and the book ‘Chemistry of the Mediterranean Diet’ (Springer, 2017).

Candela Iommi is an Argentinian food safety consultant. She graduated in Medicine from the Instituto Universitario del Hospital) Italiano, Buenos Aires, and her work currently focuses on safety and health assessments of natural polyphenols in selected fruits and vegetables. She has published papers on the chemistry and health (anticarcinogenic) properties of various herbs, medicinal plants and fruits commonly found in the Mediterranean Basin, in connection to phenolic compounds.

Nadia Chammem is an engineer in the food industry, specifically involved in research concerning table-olive processing, and is an expert on the organoleptic assessment of table olives and olive oil. She has been a Tunisian coordinator in nine collaborative research projects, and has published a number of papers on the use of bioactive compounds in foods, including ‘Food Crises and Food Safety Incidents in European Union, United States, and Maghreb Area: Current Risk Communication Strategies and New Approaches’ (Journal of AOAC International). She also teaches general, food and industrial microbiology; food technology; and food safety and security and is involved in training International Olive Council staff.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Polyphenols and the Mediterranean Diet
  • Authors Manel Issaoui
    Amélia Martins Delgado
    Candela Iommi
    Nadia Chammem
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Molecular
  • 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 Chemistry and Material Science (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-41133-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-41134-3
  • Series ISSN 2191-5407
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-5415
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 54
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Food Science
    Plant Biochemistry
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