We plan to demonstrate that a Mediterranean diet enriched with products typical of the Mediterranean, such as pomegranate, chickpeas/hummus, nuts and sourdough bread, is more effective in maintaining an optimal weight and healthy habits than a conventional low-fat diet among adolescents.
The study will examine the changes in intestinal microbiota as well as in gut-derived metabolites in 240 teenagers in order to gain knowledge about the mechanisms through which the Mediterranean Diet exerts its health effects.
MED4Youth study is to take place simultaneously in Spain, Italy and Portugal with 80 adolescents’ participants in each country. The study will take place throughout 2021. The intervention with each participant will have a duration of approximately 4 months.
This research study is being conducted by Eurecat’s Biotechnology Area (Spain), the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and the University of Parma (Italy). It has been reviewed and approved by Clinical Research Ethics Committees in the countries where the clinical interventions take place.
- Spain: Comitè ètic d’investigació amb medicaments de l’Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Pere Virgili. CEIm-IISPV (number: 210/2020)
- Portugal: Comissão de Ética do Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (Code: CHUC-197-20).
- Italy: Comitato Etico dell’Area Vasta Emilia Nord