The New Nordic Diet: is it for you?

The diet secrets of the Scandinavians

For years the Mediterranean diet has been touted as a great guide for healthy eating. Fresh produce, olive oils, wholegrains, nuts, seeds and seafood. It sounds great, and the benefits for eating a Mediterranean style diet are definitely still there. However, with many of us now leaning towards a lower carbohydrate and grain intake, the New Nordic Diet is the latest European dietary philosophy health lovers are embracing. So let’s take a look at what it’s all about.

What’s the New Nordic way?

Devised by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, the New Nordic Diet consists of the following:

· Lots of oily fish. For, Scandinavians this means herring and mackerel. However, it could also include salmon and tuna.
· Wild caught meats. Traditionally, this meant elk, reindeer and other wild game. You could try grass-fed meat, kangaroo, crocodile and rabbit.
· Oils. For them canola and rapeseed. For us, olive oil, rapeseed and coconut oil.
· High fibre wholegrain products. Think dark sourdough rye and oats.
· Plenty of plant foods. Think nuts, root vegetables and dark leafy greens.
· Berries. Scandinavians love lingonberries, cloudberries and bilberries. You can get similar nutritional benefits from blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and mulberries.

The New Nordic diet also focuses on local, seasonal produce that is organic where possible and avoids additives. Think an emphasis on nutrient-dense foods that have been grown in the wild. Overall, the New Nordic Diet is a great guide to base your healthy eating plan on. And by swapping out their local produce for ours is a great idea for the environment as well as your health.

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