Nordic diet lowers cholesterol and blood sugar: what foods does it include

Nordic diet can lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. According to a new study by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, these beneficial effects of the diet occur regardless of whether you lose weight or not.

Also known as the Scandinavian diet it can prevent obesity and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

While the Nordic diet promotes weight loss and helps maintain a healthy weight. In the newly published study, the researchers note that rather than just weight loss, the explanation of the positive effects of the diet on the levels of sugar and cholesterol would be in the unique composition of fats in the diet.

The fats in the Nordic diet come from fish, flaxseeds, sunflowers, and rapeseed (canola).
“It’s surprising because most people believe that the positive effects on blood sugar and cholesterol are due to weight loss alone. We have found that this is not the case. Other mechanisms are also involved”, explains Lars Ove Dragsted, researcher and section head of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen.

what is the nordic diet

Although it has been for the last decade, that the Nordic diet has been recognized as healthy, tasty and sustainable. It is not a newly created fad diet, it is based on principles that have been around for centuries.

The Nordic diet focuses on locally sourced fruits, vegetables, whole grains, canola oil and wild seafood. Whole foods typically found in Nordic regions such as Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.

The absence of highly processed foods and less saturated fats of animal origin have a positive effect on health.

The Cleveland Clinic notes that the Nordic diet encourages people to consume less sugar and twice as much fiber and seafood as traditional Western diets. The Nordic diet is very similar to the Mediterranean diet.although one focuses on the use of canola oil and the other on olive oil.

“Overall, both oils are good healthy unsaturated anti-inflammatory oils,” says registered dietitian Courtney Barth. Although most canola oil available in the US is more processed and lacks antioxidants compared to olive oil.

The foods included in the Nordic diet are:

whole grains, especially rye, barley and oats.
Fruitespecially berries.
fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel.
low-fat dairy products like Skyr yogurt. A type of yogurt from Iceland, high in protein and calcium but low in fat and calories.

Eggs and game meat such as venison, rabbit and bison are eaten in moderation.

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