The Nordic diet is based on foods that are typical for the Nordic countries and are in line with Nordic dietary recommendations. A Nordic diet contains plenty of fruit, berries, green vegetables, root vegetables and wholegrain products made from oats, barley and rye.
Rapeseed oil is the principal source of fat, along with fish, lean meat and low fat dairy products that are also included in the dietary recommendations.
A Nordic diet should be low in salt, saturated fat and added sugar.
Compared with traditional Swedish food, a Nordic diet is slightly richer in proteins and carbohydrates and slightly lower in fat.
Research indicates that a Nordic diet can reduce cholesterol levels and with this, the risk of heart disease.
If you want to eat a Nordic diet, choose the following foods:
- Rapeseed oil
- Oily fish, chicken and lean meat
- Wholegrain pasta
- Cereal oats
- Root vegetables and green vegetables
- Lingonberries and blueberries
- Low fat dairy products
How do we know that a Nordic diet is beneficial?
In spring 2008, a clinical study (NorDiet) was conducted in which 88 people were given a specially developed menu to eat for 6 weeks.
The results of the study showed that the Nordic diet reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and also influences other markers that indicate a higher or lower risk of heart and vascular disease.