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Features of the Atlantic diet and its healthiness: Theory and evidence from social science

Schmidhuber, J. and Traill, W.B. (2003) Features of the Atlantic diet and its healthiness: Theory and evidence from social science. Electronic Journal of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2 (4). ISSN 1579-4377

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In order to understand diets, why and how they change and can be influenced, it is important to understand how food choices are made. The has been the subject of, considerable study within many of the social science disciplines and the humanities. The paper draws on the theoretical and empirical work of psychologists, sociologists, economists, market researchers, anthropologists, geographers and historians to understand better the forces behind food choice, derive some general empirical messages from the literature, to shed light on food choice in a European context and to address the question of whether there is, or has been, a recognisably Atlantic diet. The paper proceeds to analyse the characteristics of the food consumption patterns in the Atlantic diet countries, examines whether their food consumption patterns are homogenous (i.e. similar across the countries of this group), whether they are specific (i.e. different from the ones in other country groups) and finally evaluates the nutritional composition of the Atlantic diet against the WHO/FAO recommendations for a healthy and wholesome diet.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:9146
Uncontrolled Keywords:Diets, healthiness

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