One of the newest diets on the health scene is the Nordic diet – which promises better health through eating ‘Nordic’ foods, such as those found in the traditional diets of people living in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
It’s also hyped to be the next ‘Mediterranean diet“,which has a ton of scientifically backed health benefits – helping to decrease the risk of heart conditions, diabetes and obesity.
But can ‘eating like a viking’ match these impressive findings?
Let’s find out. Here’s all you need to know about the new Nordic diet.
What is the Nordic Diet?
Unlike most fad diets around, this one is more of a healthy eating plan. You won’t have to follow any strange food-combining rules, starve yourself by consuming liquids only, or swallow a tapeworm.
And, also unlike fad diets, you aren’t promised miraculous 24-hour results.
According to a 2012 paper included in the journal Food & Nutrition Research, a healthy Nordic diet should revolve around fatty fish, low-fat dairy, whole grain cereals like oats and barley, berries, root vegetables, rapeseed oil, nuts and legumes.
The diet also advocates that approximately 80% of foods consumed on the Nordic diet should be possible to grow in the Nordic countries, and organic wherever feasible.
Furthermore, low-temperature cooking methods, such as oven baking and boiling are mainly recommended to prepare meals.
The Health Benefits of the Nordic Diet
Health wise, the Nordic diet claims to benefit weight management, while also having an impact on cholesterol and blood pressure. Here’s what the science says about these things.