The Nordic Diet: An Evidence-Based Review

The latest “diet” to appear in the media is called the Nordic diet. Proponents of this diet claim that you can improve your health by eating “Nordic” foods. These are the traditional foods commonly eaten by people in the Nordic countries. It is claimed that the Nordic diet can cause weight loss and improve health. The post dated 20 May 2015 The Nordic Diet: An Evidence-Based Review: appeared first on written by Joe Leech,a Dietitian

This eating pattern is also supported by the fact that obesity rates in the Nordic countries are much lower than in the US.

The brief detals are summarised below;

This article explains everything you need to know about the Nordic diet. What to eat, what to avoid, health benefits, a research review and numerous tips.

What is The Nordic Diet?

As the name suggests, the Nordic diet is a way of eating that focuses on the traditional foods of the Nordic countries (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland).

The Nordic diet was created in 2004 by a group of nutritionists, scientists and chefs, in order to address growing obesity rates and unsustainable farming practices in the Nordic countries.

Compared with an average Western diet, it contains less sugar, less fat, twice the fiber, and twice the fish and seafood (4).

Foods to Eat and Avoid

The Nordic diet emphasizes locally grown and sustainable food sources, with a heavy focus on foods considered healthy according to “mainstream” nutrition science.

Eat often: Fruits, berries, vegetables, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, rye breads, fish, seafood, low-fat dairy, herbs, spices and rapeseed (canola) oil.

Eat in moderation: Game meats, free-range eggs, cheese and yogurt.

Eat rarely: Other red meats and animal fats.

Don’t eat: Sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meats, food additives and refined fast foods.

As many critics correctly point out, many of the foods on the “Nordic” diet were actually never eaten in the Nordic countries back in the day These include low-fat dairy and canola oil, which are modern foods. Fruit also does not grow well in the north, except perhaps for some berries.

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  • Same site has this also:

  • when a common men[two dietetions] presents two

    explanations which should we accept?

    the one which is in consistence with the men who invented

    nutrition theories are to be accepted.

    the other rejected.

    please always remember

    almost all nobel prizes after the second world war in medicine and physiology go to USA [and thus ADA linked in case of diabetes]]

    so mr rao's nordic diet has preponderance.

    good luck

  • We accept what improves our sugar control and cardiac markers on less dependance on drugs. Nutrition science is responsible for 50% Americans above 60 being afflicted with metabolic syndrome. 54% of women in Europe liable to die of cancer and CVD.

    So, Nutritionists opinions are worth absolutely nothing, unless they can use their head to fix the epidemic.

    What good the Nobel prize to the man who invented Atomic Bomb do to the world? Ever heard of Heroshima and Nagasaki? That was outcome of some Nobel prize also.

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