Nordic Diet Experience- A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE
The NEW NORDIC DIET( NND) is a diet based on foods originating from the Nordic countries that includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and their associated territories. Nordic diet is considered to help improve blood lipid profile and insulin sensitivity, and lower blood pressure and body weight in overweight people. In the diet the quality of the products served is the most crucial. The NND emphasizes good taste, locally grown and sustainable food sources, with a heavy focus on foods considered eco friendly and healthy. The diet comprises 15 food groups: fruit and vegetables (especially berries, cabbages, root vegetables and legumes), fresh herbs, plants and mushrooms gathered from the wild, nuts, whole grains, meats from livestock and game(e.g reindeer), fish, shellfish and seaweed.
NND is based on 3fundamental guidelines: 1. Obtaining more from plants and fewer from meat. Replacing some of the meat we eat with plant foods would lead to a reduction in the intake of saturated fat and increased intakes of unsaturated fats, dietary fibers, vitamins and minerals. Again plant foods are low in calories, so we can eat larger amounts while lowering the energy density yet ensuring satiety. 2. Obtaining more foods from the sea and lakes. Fish and shellfish contain high amounts of protein and an increased intake may help to prevent weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and age-related reduction in muscle mass in the elderly. Different species of fish and shellfish contain different amounts of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. So alternate between fatty and lean species, in order to get the full health benefits while minimizing risks of toxicity from heavy metal (such as mercury) pollution.3 More foods from the wild countryside. Foods such as mushrooms, berries, fruits and meat foraged from the wild are interesting because of their possible health potential. Wild plants have higher contents of vitamins C and E, and antioxidants Meat from wild animals and fowl generally contains less fat and has less saturated fat and more polyunsaturated fat, than meat from commercially reared animals. Further, they have significantly higher content of omega-3 fatty acids.
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