The Atlantic Diet is a complete artificial concept. Portugal and part of the Spanish coast border with the Atlantic Ocean. In some ways, they share the nutritional habits of the Mediterranean part of the Iberian Peninsula. Due to the popularization of the Mediterranean Diet, they wanted to coin a new mark, Atlantic Diet, including countries as Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Portugal and the same Spain. (They could have as well included in the Atlantic Diet countries as USA, Canada, Mexico and the rest of all the Atlantic border countries including African ones, without breaking the inexistent similarity between the eating habits of the CEDA (Centro Europeu da Dieta Atlântica), Atlantic Diet founders.
With the Atlantic Diet they have created a not very well understood theoretical diet, taking most part of the Mediterranean Diet, but changing the low proportion of meat it has for more fish. The Atlantic Diet cannot be considered a dietary pattern either in Portugal or Spain. Even the Atkins Diet (being a very dangerous diet) has more followers than the Atlantic Diet. It is a marketing operation without much success.
Anyway, we have to say that the Atlantic Diet (mainly fish, vegetables and olive oil) has doubtless health benefits. It is a good diet, but not a millenarian cultural diet.
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