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The traditional Atlantic diet, popular in northwestern Spain and northern Portugal, is gaining attention for its potential health benefits. A recent study found that the diet may reduce belly fat and improve HDL cholesterol levels. The Atlantic diet includes foods such as fish, seafood, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, olive oil, dried fruits, milk, cheese, and moderate quantities of meat and wine.
No bull, the Atlantic diet - the traditional eating plan in northwestern Spain and northern Portugal - is said to ease belly fat and improve HDL "good" cholesterol levels.
The study followed over 200 families in a rural Spanish community and compared those who followed the Atlantic diet to those who continued with their typical diet. After 6 months, it was found that a smaller percentage of those on the Atlantic diet developed metabolic syndrome compared to the control group. Additionally, a significant number of participants with metabolic syndrome at the start of the study improved their condition after following the Atlantic diet.
Of the 457 participants who didn't have metabolic syndrome at the beginning of the trial, 23 developed it during the 6-month follow-up - 17 participants (7.3%) who followed their traditional diet and 6 participants (2.7%) who had switched to the Atlantic diet.