One of the World’s Healthiest Diets
If you’ve never heard of the Nordic diet, you might imagine a plate of those Swedish meatballs sold at IKEA. In fact, this eating style has been trending among nutritionists as the new “IT” diet for a while now.
What's so special about the Nordic diet?
The Nordic diet was created in 2004 by a group of nutritionists, scientists and chefs, in order to address issues of obesity and unsustainable farms in the Nordic countries. As the name suggests, the Nordic eating pattern includes foods that are traditionally eaten in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Developed in collaboration with the much-admired Copenhagen gourmet restaurant and one of the most influential restaurants in the world, NOMA; the diet emphasizes on whole grains, berries, eggs, oil, seafood and plenty of plant-based foods that nutritionists always urge us to eat.
Compared with an average Western diet, it contains less sugar, less fat, twice the fiber, and twice the fish and seafood. The Nordic diet has also stated to assist with weight loss and lower blood pressure at least in the short-term.
Health Benefits of The Nordic Diet
Healthy eating goes way beyond just weight loss. It can also lead to significant improvements in metabolic health, and lower the risk of all sorts of chronic diseases.
· Reduces Blood Pressure
· Reduced Cholesterol and Triglycerides
· Lower level of Blood Sugar
The Nordic diet emphasises on foods wealthy on heart-protecting nutrients. Eating lots of berries is another unique aspect of the Nordic diet. Berries are excellent sources of plant chemicals known as anthocyanins, which seem to lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more flexible. Fish is high-protein, low-fat food that also provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, or the "good" fats.
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