The Nordic Diet
The Mediterranean diet shares the stage with the Nordic or Scandinavian diet when it comes to health benefits.
The Nordic diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol levels (« bad » cholesterol), and increase HDL cholesterol levels (« good » cholesterol). It can also reduce certain inflammatory markers associated with cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, many of the foods found in this type of diet will support a healthy intestinal microbiota.
First popularized in Denmark, this diet focuses on locally grown produce and foods sourced from the wild countryside. It consists of an abundance of vegetable products, foods from the sea and lakes, and foods growing in the wild. It includes less commercially reared meats and puts the spotlight on wild game. Much like the lifestyle they are known for, their cuisine is very simple.
Because the Quebec climate is similar to that of Scandinavian countries, it would be in our interest to rediscover the elements of our traditional diet for the good of our health and local economy. A delicious way to unite gastronomy, health and sustainable growth.
Key foods of the Nordic diet
- Root vegetables : artichokes (an excellent prebiotic), potatoes, beets, carrots, trurnips
- Cruciferous vegetables : Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage
- Leafy green vegetables : kale, spinach
- Wild vegetables : wild mushrooms, fiddleheads
- Berries : cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, Camerise berries. They are high in polyphenols so, in addition to their antioxidant property, these fruits act as a prebiotic therefore support a healthy microbiota.
- Whole grains : rye, oat and barley. All rich in soluble fiber and highly beneficial to our intestinal health.
Meats and substitutes
- Legumes : beans and lentils. An excellent source of fiber, they can easily replace meat in our meals.
- Foods from the sea and lakes : mackerel, trout, sardine, anchovy, herring. All rich in healthy fats, such as Omega-3.
- Wild game : wapiti, hare, game bird. Meat is consumed sparingly and wild game is favoured. It is important to note that wild game is leaner than its commercially reared counterpart.
- Canola oil : High in monounsaturated fats, canola oil contains less saturated fats and more Omega-3 than olive oil.