Should Everyone Be On The Nordic Diet?
The US News and World Report ranks many things each year, including diets. They evaluate each entry for short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, general health benefits, and follow-ability. In 2021, many familiar favourites made the list: Mediterranean, flexitarian, and Weight Watchers among them. Coming in at ninth place, however, was one with less household recognition: the Nordic diet.
What is the Nordic diet, exactly? “It’s a healthy, whole-food, plant-centric diet that focuses on consuming more vegetables and fruit, whole grains instead of refined grains, and organic, local, and wild [food] as often as possible,” holistic nutritionist Maria Marlowe tells Vogue. “The Nordic diet is similar to paleo in its focus on whole, real foods and high-quality animal products, but places a larger emphasis on plant foods and wild seafood than meat.”
Think river-caught salmon instead of farmed; foraged berries instead of cultivated; and pasture-raised eggs (in moderation). Why? Wild foods are higher in nutrients – and, well, more delicious.