Olive oil consumption, as an indicator of Mediterranean diet adherence, is not education level-related in North Macedonia

Smilkov, Katarina and Maksimova, Viktorija and Gjorgieva Ackova, Darinka and Miloseva, Lence and Garcia Conesa, Maria-Teresa and Deligiannidou, Georgia-Eirini and Pinto, Paula and Ruskovska, Tatjana (2020) Olive oil consumption, as an indicator of Mediterranean diet adherence, is not education level-related in North Macedonia. In: Nutraceuticals in balancing redox status in ageing and age-related diseases, NutRedOx COST Action CA16112, 02-03 March 2020, Belgrade .

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The consumption of olive oil is one of the hallmarks of the Mediterranean diet (MD). Being rich in polyphenols, olive oil is considered to underlie, at least in part, the much appreciated positive influence of MD on health preservation and longevity.
The work presented here is a part of a larger project, MeDiWeB (Mediterranean Diet and Wellbeing), conducted using an on-line questionnaire. One of the goals of the Project is to study the adherence to the MD among the citizens of North Macedonia, as a sub-Mediterranean country.
The aim of the present work was to study the association between the education level of the participants and the amount of the consumed olive oil per day; therefore, only data obtained from these questions have been analyzed and presented here.
Our results demonstrate that in general, the citizens of North Macedonia do not use the olive oil as a main cooking oil, and have a low amount of olive oil intake on a daily basis. This result was expected, since sunflower oil is used traditionally for cooking purposes. The results also demonstrate lack of association between the level of participants’ education and olive oil intake.
It is expected that further analyses of the data collected with the MeDiWeB questionnaire will give a deeper understanding of the reasons for the low intake of olive oil in North Macedonia. In order to increase the olive oil intake, the general population can be more informed about the health benefits of regular olive oil consumption.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Tatjana Ruskovska
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2020 07:57
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2020 07:57
URI: https://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/24466

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