Overview of the Nordic Diet.
December 26, 2013 Admin 0
The Nordic diet is based around the traditional staples of Scandinavian home cooking and involves lots of fish, legumes, fruit (in particular, berries) game, farm meats, oats and barley. The emphasis is on fresh produce and processed foods are almost completely missing, except for simple breads, sauces and other home made items.
In many ways, similar to the Mediterranean diet, foods rich in omega fatty acids and anti-oxidants are the cornerstone, with the major difference being the ingredients are native to Nordic regions rather than the warm coastal areas of southern Europe. The diets antioxidant rich nature draws its resources from winter greens like cabbage and curly kale and fruits like cloudberries, lingonberries and elderberries. Protein and fats come from wild game and meat from grass and grain fed stock.
Quite a lot of attention has been given to the diet and it has also been the centre of several weight loss studies. In these studies, individuals following the diet were observed to lose weight when compared to those following more modern western diets that centre around processed foods. The first thing to note is the diet is not a magic bullet for either health or weight loss. It also misses out on a lot of the antioxidants and phytochemicals available in diets like the Mediterranean diet. Conversely though, the Nordic diet contains certain phytochemicals, particularly from the fresh berries that the Mediterranean diet lacks. One other important thing to note is that extra virgin olive oil is not utilised in the Nordic diet and as such, the Mediterranean diet scores higher in the fact it strongly features it. Both diets, traditionally are completely lacking in processed and refined foods, the number one cause of health issues through its consumption.
Discussing which regional diet is ‘better’ is rather puerile and a better strategy would be to incorporate elements of both diets into your eating plan. Modern media likes to segregate ideas and force choices onto its audience as if it is particularly important to comply with its views. In simple terms, you would be rather pretentious to tell someone you eat a Nordic diet or Mediterranean diet anyway, and just examining both diets and combining their strengths would be something that would result in a very well rounded result. Other than that, looking at regional recipes from each diet is a way to make eating healthily more interesting and providing variety from a nutritional and taste perspective.
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