Research Impact: The Mediterranean Diet is one of the healthiest diets worldwide, with substantial evidence for its protective effects against non-communicable diseases. Given that the health benefits are extensively recognised, it is fundamental to consider the feasibility of adherence to the MedDiet, particularly among non-Mediterranean countries. This study aimed to examine the self-perceived level of adherence to a MedDiet in community-dwelling adults in Ireland. A cross-sectional study was conducted among n = 156 adults aged ≥18 years (73.7% females) living in Ireland. A moderate adherence to the MedDiet was found in this study. Adherence to key elements of the diet such as olive oil, fish and legumes were reported. These findings highlight the need for culture-specific intervention strategies that promote the adoption of the MedDiet as a healthy dietary pattern.
Raad, T., Villani, A., Papadaki, A., Griffin, A., Norton, C., Mantzioris, E., & Tierney, A. (2021). Adherence to a Mediterranean diet among adults in Ireland: A cross-sectional study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 80(OCE3), E127. doi:10.1017/S0029665121002500