A recent analysis by University of Copenhagen reveals that the Nordic diet involves health benefits other than weight loss.
Nordic diet has so far carried out research on weigh loss. But now it is been found that a Nordic diet contributes in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, even with no weight loss.
Composition of dietary fats, in particular, justifies the positive effects of the healthy diet.
Professor of Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Lars Ove Dragsted said it is a surprise as the public opinion believes that lower levels in blood sugar and cholesterol are merely attributed to weight loss.
For the research, blood and urine samples from 200 people over 50 were examined. They all had elevated BMI and increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The testees were broken down in 2 groups, the first group with Nordic dietary and the second, control group, with their habitual diet. They were on their diets for six months.
The results after this period show that the first group became substantially healthier and had lower cholesterol, and lower saturated and unsaturated fat, with a better regulation of glucose.
The diet focuses on locally sourced food products in the Nordic countries including Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland.
Foods that are recommended in this diet include peas, beans, cabbage, onions and root vegetables, fruits such as apples, pears, plums, berries, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish and shellfish, vegetable oils made from rapeseed, sunflower or flaxseed, and low-fat dairy products.
Obviously, the solid diet includes fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, which help minimize high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease, among others.