This is obviously not because of the culture or the way of living, but for something they have in common: they are surrounded by the sea and have a particular way of eating, based on the high presence of fish on the diet. This is called “The Atlantic Diet”.
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One of the main advantages of this kind of diet has to do with the great variety of fishes offered, most of which have a great concentration of long chain Omega 3 fatty acids, excellent quality proteins, vitamins and minerals like iron, potassium and iodine.
These fats, mainly exclusive in blue fish, are very important to the development of the central nervous system. At the same time they protect us from degenerative phenomena caused by aging, that is, helps us to keep our brain and our arteries young. In this protective function of the cells, apart from the Omega 3 fatty acids, we have the collaboration of the antioxidant effects of wine, fruits, vegetables and olive oil.
Right now there are researches that go further and indicate that these bioactive components may have effects that can stop diseases such as Parkinson or Alzheimer.
The Atlantic Diet, although it is not well defined yet, starts as one of the most healthy ways of eating. Both first quality products and easy cooking methods are used. It’s base is the sea, the garden and the farm. Added with an average consumption of bread, wine, grease and olive oil. Fishes, seafood, squids, octopus… fresh or canned. Pasture meat, cereals and vegetables. Eggs and poultry, sausages, cold meat… everything that comes from the rural culture.
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