INGESTED CALORIES
PORTUGAL
FRANCE
Total calories
3630
3632
Animal calories (%)
26
40
Cereal equivalent 
2,7
3,4
EXPLANATION FACTORS (1992)
PORTUGAL
FRANCE
Gross Domestic Product per inhabitant ($)
7395
22260
Cultivated land per inhabitant (hectares)
0,32
0,34
Education rate (%)
78
99
Inhabitants per active farming handworker
15
46
Urbanization rate
35
73
Average lifetime (years)
74
77
Food consuming rate per food groups (per year, in kg per inhabitant, from 1992 data)
Portugal means the Mediterranean sea in your plate.
Portugal is one of the poorest countries in the European Union. The average income per inhabitant is three times lower than the French one, but the cultivated land surface per inhabitant is about the same.
The food consumption model is based on tubers (potatoes) and cereals. Fish and pulses bring the proteins in this diet. The high fruit and vegetable consumption rate as well as the olive oil used for cooking and dressing, are both good for health. This is a good staple diet for nutritionnists !
Traditionnaly, the national cooking is the «Bacalhau» based on dried salted cod and potatoes, but Portugal has nowadays diversified its staple diet.

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