Eat Like A Viking : A Nordic Diet Could Protect Your Heart!

You might have heard how the Mediterranean natives have a lower risk of heart disease and high cholesterol compared to the rest of the world, because of this current dietary recommendations include high fruit and veg, moderate protein (particularly oily fish), lots of olive oil and vegetable oils etc. Well according to new research by Uusitupa, Hermansen, Savolainen et al. (2013), it seems the Scandinavians aka Nordics are doing something right too.

Nordic countries are located in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and their associated territories. Granted the perceived benefits are largely because their diets contain much the same as the Mediterranean would, but interesting findings include lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and higher HDL (good cholesterol) making a diet consisting of predominantly berries, root vegetables, legumes, and cabbage, nuts, game, poultry and fish, as well as whole grains, rapeseed oil and low-fat dairy products a must have staple in any diet. Many of these products are inherently high in calories meaning portion sizes should still be controlled, the idea is, and always will be, to get the balance right!

If you struggle to get fish and essential oils into your diet then consider an alternative method such as an omega oil blend (flax derived) or omega fish oil. These can aid heart health by reducing inflammation as well as supporting joint health and integrity.


About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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