Iceland Has Best Diet On Planet : Nordic Way Of Eating May Be Best For Health

You may have watched the programme on Channel 4 last week that looked into ‘The World’s Best Diet’. If so then you will have noticed that some of the healthiest diets on earth were from those populations that ate minimal processed foods and refined sugar, and yet ate plenty of lean protein sources such as fish (occasionally comprising 5-6 servings a day), essential fats and ample carbs. Is this a coincidence, are their low rates of heart disease and diabetes to do with luck, genetics, or is the low prevalence of such conditions testament to fresh and varied nature of their diet…the researchers feel it’s the latter.

Number 1 on the ‘healthiest diets’ list was Iceland, as a nation with limited agricultural potential due to the weather, they had to focus their attention to what was available to them. Consequently their diets mainly consist of fish, all kinds of fish, fresh meat (usually venison (meat that is killed by hunting) and dairy.

You’ll notice that there is no extreme food group restriction, nor is there a ‘clever’ concoction of fruit juice, smoothie or detox shake (although they do have their place), the Icelandic way of eating is generally clean, simple and balanced. There is a distinct reduction in red meat and processed food consumption, the majority of protein sources are either fish, shellfish or plant based protein such as beans, peas and rye. If red meat is consumed it is usually lean venison (usually deer) or elk. The thing to remember with this diet is this…include all food groups (using the Eatwell plate for reference), do not exclude natural foods, do not include processed foods if you can help it, and just eat the recommended portion of each for your size, weight and body composition.

Source

Metro, (2014). Iceland has the world’s best diet, but it’s bad news for the UK… Retrieved 7th July, 2014, from http://metro.co.uk/2014/06/30/iceland-has-the-worlds-best-diet-but-its-bad-news-for-the-uk-4781913/

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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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