First, it was paleo, then Atkins. Now, there’s another diet trending among foodies and fitness buffs: The New Nordic.
Based on the traditional eating habits of those who live in countries like Norway, Sweden and Denmark, The New Nordic is all about consuming a variety of fresh and nutrient-dense foods. In particular, berries, fish, leafy greens and whole grains like barley, oats and rye.
“The Nordic diet shares many elements with the Mediterranean diet,” explains Dr Frank Hu, professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The Mediterranean diet also puts an emphasis on plant-based foods, while limiting processed goods, sweets and red meat. The main difference is in the oil each diet favours, with the New Nordic opting for canola oil which is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Studies show that this Scandinavian way of eating has been proven to improve cholesterol and blood pressure levels and keep your waistline in check. And as plant-based diets have been proven to use fewer natural resources (read: water and fossil fuel) and create less pollution than their meat-heavy counterparts, The New Nordic is considered environmentally friendly.
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This article originally appeared on Women's Health.