Nordic Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on January 25, 2019

Nordic Diet Review

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The Nordic Diet, which is also known as the New Nordic Diet, is a healthy lifestyle diet that also has the potential to help a person lose weight. Proponents of this diet claim that you can improve your health by eating traditional foods commonly eaten by people in Nordic countries (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland).

The diet was reportedly created in 2004 by a group of nutritionists, scientists and chefs to help address the growing obesity rates and unsustainable farming practices in Nordic countries. On average, the Nordic Diet supposedly contains less sugar and fat but twice the fiber and fish/seafood compared to the typical Western diet.

Foods that are encouraged on the Nordic Diet include: vegetables, legumes, fruits, berries, potatoes, whole grains, nuts, rye breads, seeds, seafood, fish, low-fat dairy, canola (rapeseed) oil, herbs and spices.

Foods that should be consumed in moderation include: free-range eggs, game meats, yogurt and cheese.

Foods that should be eaten rarely include: other red meats and animal fats.

Foods that should be avoided include: processed meats, refined fast foods, food additives, sugar-sweetened beverages and added sugars.

Additionally, the goal is to eat locally grown and sustainable food sources. In many ways this diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet, with the main difference being that while the Mediterranean diet places focus on extra virgin olive oil, the Nordic Diet focuses on canola oil.

Nordic Diet Pros

Some research has found that the Nordic Diet can be beneficial to those who are overweight. For instance, one Uppsala University study found that in a six-week long study, participants following the Nordic diet lost 4% body weight compared to those who followed a standard diet.

In terms of health, studies have found that the Nordic Diet appears to be beneficial for lowing blood pressure.

Nordic Diet Cons

Although the Nordic Diet focuses on eating mostly healthful foods, without asking those to follow it to severely restrict their calorie limits, it seems to work best as only a short-term weight loss diet.

Follow-up studies on Nordic Diet participants have found that while these individuals lost notable weight in the first study, one to two years following this initial study, they seem to have gained all the weight back. This implies that while the diet may be advantageous for weight loss, it isn’t practical, or is simply too difficult to follow over the long term.

Ultimately, if the Nordic Diet is of interest to you and you would like to try it to reach your healthy weight loss goals, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider first. It is always in the best interest of your health to consult with your doctor if you intend to make a significant dietary change.

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