The Nordic diet – how does it work?

For many years, a Mediterranean diet has been considered the best for our bodies. It's easy to see why - fresh, seasonal produce, cooked from scratch combined with a healthy approach to exercise. Simple.

But now that we’re obsessed with all things Scandinavian, it’s perhaps no surprise that the traditional diet of Northern Europe is also having a resurgence. And with new findings showing that eating the Nordic way can help reduce blood pressure and encourage weight loss, it’s easy to see why.

In fact, the Nordic diet has recently been credited with helping to improve cognitive function, and preventing dementia too.

Research presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) showed that following the ‘Nordic Prudent Dietary Pattern (NPDP)’, a diet high in root vegetables, poultry, fish and fruit and vegetables, was actually found to reduce cognitive decline.

The study found that this kind of diet, combined with physical activity, could help to prevent diseases such as dementia and Alzheimers.

Commenting on the news, Alzheimer’s Society Dr Doug Brown, said, “This study looked at the Nordic Prudent Dietary Pattern and how eating well and exercising could reduce cognitive decline.

“These results support the findings of our own funded research into how what we eat can reduce the risk of developing problems with memory and thinking. Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, but there are things we can all do now to help lower our chances of developing the condition, including healthy eating and keeping our body and mind active.”

Denmark’s favourite female chef, Trina Hahnemann has updated and re-released her bestselling book, The Nordic Diet (Quadrille Publishing; £12.99) as a guide to getting in shape by eating the Scandinavian way.

Could The Nordic Diet help you lose weight? Keep reading to find out!

So, how does the Nordic Diet work?

It’s actually quite simple. The Scandinavian lifestyle is considered incredibly healthy and focuses on natural good-for-you foods. Rather than snacking on processed foods, overdoing it on the red meat or shying away from exercise; the Danes, Norwegians, Swedish and Finns eat a balanced diet of homemade dishes that use seasonal, local ingredients – many of which are grown in their gardens.
Their love for the outdoors not only means they tend to enjoy exercise more, but also brings a heightened awareness of what our food habits mean for the environment, too.
But eating the Nordic way doesn’t mean munching on leaves and berries (well, only a little). Dishes from the diet are packed full of nutritious foods that taste delicious, like nutty rye breads, hearty blueberries buns, fried mullet with gooseberries and roast chicken with rhubarb. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
Keep reading to get the recipes for some of Trina’s top dishes and discover more about The Nordic Diet and how it could help you get trim…
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