We’ve all heard the Mediterranean diet is good for us, but what do we do when its difficult to get some of the food items in the diet? Try the Nordic diet!
That’s the take home message from a paper published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. The authors said they wanted to test the benefits of a healthy Nordic diet as some people find it difficult to follow the Mediterranean diet due to difficulties in “changing dietary patterns, cultural differences in taste and limited accessibility to various foods.”
The findings? Following a Nordic diet of local food, fish more than three times a week, with vegetable oil based margarine instead of butter, plenty of high fiber wholegrain cereals, no sugar sweetened beverages, and eating white meat as opposed to red meat led to an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol and a decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol.