If you’re seeking a change in your diet and/or lifestyle, you may want to give the Nordic diet a try. Similar to the ever-popular Mediterranean diet that encourages consumption of fish, nuts, vegetables, and olive oil as a butter substitute, the Nordic diet includes fatty and lean fish, berries and fruits, legumes and vegetables, and whole grains.
Additionally, this European diet is linked to decreased risks for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, two illnesses becoming increasingly rampant in American’s youth and young-adult populations.
Keep reading to learn which foods are considered part of the Nordic diet, and decide if this is an eating lifestyle you’d like to potentially adopt!
Nordic Diet Foods
As mentioned earlier, the Nordic diet calls for the consumption of fatty and lean fish. For fatty fish, the Nordic diet recommends salmon, mackerel, and herring, while the lean fish include cod, haddock, and halibut. Eating fish and cutting out red meat and/or poultry is a great way to still get your protein without compromising flavor.
While the Mediterranean diet uses olive oil as a cooking substitute, the Nordic diet uses a similar vegetable oil known as canola oil (also known as rapeseed oil). Both oils are known to increase HDL, which is the “good” cholesterol, and are also rich in monounsaturated fats.
Other Benefits of the Nordic Diet
Indeed, a Nordic or Mediterranean diet can help lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but there are other underlying benefits to adopting this lifestyle. For example, limiting your diet to natural products can encourage one to buy produce from local sources. Another overlooked benefit is that the Nordic diet is plant-forward, as Lauri Wright from the Academy of Nutrition states.
“[The Nordic diet] reduces meat consumption […] and as a core principle of sustainability.” So not only will your reduced meat intake benefit you internally, but it will also benefit your overall carbon footprint. Not to mention, the myriad of health benefits that stem from a plant-based, protein diet.
Feel ready to try the Nordic diet? For some, it is hard to cut out or significantly limit certain foods, but the Nordic diet is full of so many nutritious and delicious foods that soon this so-called “diet” will feel like a lifestyle! However, it is always important to reminder that, diet or no diet, portion control plays a key role in the results. Just because you’re eating something that is nutritionally healthy, does not mean you can have five servings of it.
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