As the name implies, the Nordic diet includes foods which are locally sourced and eaten in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Normally, the Nordic diet consists of whole-grain cereals such as rye, barley, and oats; berries and other fruits; veggies especially cabbage and root vegetables such as carrots and potatoes; fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring; and legumes (beans and peas).
Many call it the New Nordic Diet, which is now a new food culture developed in 2009-13 with key emphasis on gastronomy, health, and environment. The New Nordic Diet relies on Nordic ingredients but is elastic all around the world.
In contrast to the Mediterranean diet, including olive oil, it favors rapeseed oil (canola oil), which is high in healthful mono-unsaturated fat. And additionally, it comprises a number of malic acid, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid like the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish.
Canola oil can help reduce bad LDL cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is possible that canola oil may be better at reducing bad cholesterol and improving heart health. The diet emphasizes cutting out processed foods and many high-fat meats like bacon or sausage.
• A significant review by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that both the Mediterranean and Nordic diets decrease risk of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
• The diet may also result in weight loss. A University of Eastern Finland study also revealed that the diet down regulates the expression of enzymes related to inflammation, which is considered to contribute to many chronic health issues and play a role in obesity.
• Processed foods are more palatable, which causes overeating and weight gain.
• Eating more of a plant-based diet is better for the environment since there are far less greenhouse gas emissions. It’s been reported that factory farming for meat production contributes more to global warming than all airplanes, trains, buses and automobiles combined.
The Crux –
The Mediterranean diet was thought of as the best so far as health benefits it is thought to offer. Now there is another diet which makes its mark in the culinary world so much as its health benefits are concerned. This is the Nordic diet.
In many ways, it’s extremely much like the Mediterranean diet but depends on rapeseed (canola) oil rather than olive oil. Additionally, it differs in its assortment of kinds of produce, which can be cultivated locally, based on the area’s climate, water and soil.
Hence it encompasses both the health and well-being of the individual and ecological sustainability.