A modified Mediterranean diet score is inversely associated with metabolic syndrome in Korean adults

Year Published: 2018


Eur J Clin Nutr


Kim Y, Je Y


This study examined dietary patterns of 8,387 adults aged 19-64 from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2012-2015. Authors observed the association between adherence to a modified Mediterranean diet and risk of metabolic syndrome. The modified Mediterranean diet was high in peanuts, vegetables, legumes, fruit, whole grain, fish, dairy products, and white meat, low in red/processed meats, and moderate in alcohol.

Key Findings

Key Findings: Results showed that a higher modified Mediterranean diet score was associated with a lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its components like abdominal obesity and high triglyceride levels.