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14. The Nordic Diet

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14. The Nordic Diet

Created in 2004 by a group of nutritionists, scientists, and chefs, to manage the growing rates of obesity and the unsustainable farming practices in the Nordic countries such as Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, the Nordic diet stays away from processed options and encourages locals to eat what they grow. It is a diet rich in omega 3 i.e. oily fish and canola oil.

Typical meal: Salmon with lentils

What the diet advocate says: Not only is a Nordic diet comparable in terms of nutrition to the celebrated Mediterranean diet, but it also provides an easy plan for eco-friendly eating.

What the expert says: Generally nutritionist Jenna Hope says she can see the benefits long term of the diet, ‘and as a general population, we need to eat more fish as we’re not getting enough omega 3 as with plant based diets, you need more food for it to be the equivalent of eating oily fish twice a week.’

However, the Nordic diet encourages you to eat low-fat dairy which Hope discourages. ‘When consuming dairy such as milk, we should be consuming low fat dairy as removing the full fat from the item, removes the good fats. When dairy products are also low fat, they tend to be high in sugar also.’

Verdict: The Nordic diet seems to be both sustainable to the planet and to our bodies as it encourages eating local, whilst also cutting down processed and sugary snacks. However, we don’t encourage eating low-fat dairy products as this means a reduction in gaining your good fats and necessary nutrients for the brain. Just be sure to watch your saturated fat intake, the NHS recommends no more than 20g of saturated fat a day for women.

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