Sick of the Mediterranean Diet? Consider the Viking Diet

Eat like a Viking – no calorie counting or crash dieting

Here’s what to know about the Nordic diet

| Some nutritionists think it may be one of the healthiest ways to eat.

(Healthline) The Nordic (or Viking) diet came about when health experts set out to find why, exactly, people in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden have lower obesity rates than the United States.

Nordic Diet Benefits:

  • Reduces the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease

  • Lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels

  • Normalizes cholesterol levels

  • Helps people lose weight or maintain a healthy weight

What is the Nordic diet?

There’s no calorie counting or crash dieting — rather, the Nordic diet promotes a lifelong approach to healthy eating. It focuses on plant-based, seasonal foods and is packed with lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

The diet promotes more food from wild landscapes, fewer food additives, organic produce whenever possible, and more home-cooked meals.

How does it stack up against the Mediterranean diet?

The Nordic diet is quite similar to the well-known Mediterranean diet. Both include plenty of freshwater fish, root veggies, fruit, and whole grains — such as oats and barley — and limit the consumption of red meat, dairy, sugars, and processed foods.

The main difference is in the oily fats. While the Mediterranean diet suggests olive oil, the Nordic diet opts for rapeseed oil, aka canola oil. Both oils promote a healthy heart by boosting good cholesterol (HDL) and trimming away bad cholesterol (LDL).

The long list of health benefits

One of the main reasons dietitians have been so fond of the Nordic diet is because of all the research-backed health benefits it’s been linked to.

The World Health Organization (WHO) found that both the Mediterranean and Nordic diets reduce the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Other studies have revealed that the Nordic diet can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels, normalize cholesterol levels and help people lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Read the full story at Healthline.com.

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