When considering the “best” diet, the Mediterranean diet often is the first that comes to mind as it truly is one of the healthiest. Commonly recommended by doctors for patients with cardiovascular issues, it is preferred for many. However, there is another that rivals the Mediterranean with its multitude of health benefits. Enter: the Nordic Diet (also known as the Norwegian Diet).
The Norwegian Diet is spectacular as it is based in food with high health quality. Norwegians never use antibiotics and chemicals to cultivate their vegetables and fruits, or in feeding the animals. You could say they don’t need their produce to be organic certified, because all their produce is already natural and organic. The fundamentals of the Nordic Diet are:
- Eating less
- Eating 80% vegetarian
- Eating balanced meals with a greater concentration of vegetables and whole grains
- Eating fish three times a week
- Eating meat two times a week or less
In addition to eating healthfully, the Nordic Diet is also geared around eating with the season. The best grain that the Norwegian people eat (out of the many grains they eat, such as spelt and oats) is rye. Rye is very high in fiber, vitamin E and B, minerals, and antioxidants that strengthen blood vessels and promote circulation. It is considered an elite food for high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular problems.
Norwegians love to eat root vegetables such as beets, celeriac, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, and all kinds of cabbage; all of which have a significant source of vitamin K, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, making them good anticancer foods.
Norwegian fish is also considered very healthy as they are cold-water fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, and cod; they are the healthiest for preventing heart conditions, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and inflammatory problems. While fish is prominent in the Norwegian Diet, meats and poultry are eaten in small quantities and consist of chicken, beef and lamb.
Berries are also a major part of the Norwegian diet because they grow wildly everywhere in Norway and are even considered the healthiest food that we can possibly eat. In Norway, blackberries, blueberries, currants, rose hips, raspberries, and lingonberries are eaten immediately after being picked as they consist of the highest antioxidants that protect the brain cells, help with cardiovascular diseases, cancers, inflammatory problems, and degenerative diseases.
Lastly, the Norwegian diet implements many herbs. The herbs that grow abundantly (and are used in everyday cooking) are parsley, mint, chives, dill, tarragon, thyme, and rosemary. These are eaten in large amounts in soups, sauces, salads, and other dishes, and provide incredible health benefits.
By: Raphaela Sorkin