The Nordic diet was developed in 2004 and is often compared to the Mediterranean diet. Also known as New Nordic Cuisine or the new Nordic Food Programme, the diet focuses on ten concepts that guide food choices and promote embracing a sustainable food philosophy. Designed for people in Scandinavian countries, the diet incorporates aspects of Scandinavian culture, including relaxed meals with friends and family, traditional Nordic ingredients, and eating foods that are in season. The diet is not designed for weight loss; rather, it's about eating delicious, healthy food.


1. Nordic Diet Basics

The ten concepts of the Nordic diet guide the food decisions of those following its guidelines. They guide not just what to eat, but how to source and prepare food. The concepts are

  1. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  2. Eat more whole grains.
  3. Eat more foods from the seas and lakes.
  4. Eat high-quality meat, but choose less meat overall.
  5. Seek out food from wild landscapes.
  6. Use organic produce whenever possible.
  7. Avoid food additives.
  8. Base meals around seasonal produce.
  9. Eat more home-cooked food.
  10. Produce less waste.
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