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What is the Nordic diet? (And why should you start eating it?)

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Staples of the Nordic diet include berries, fish, legumes, vegetables and whole-grain cereals

A "new Nordic diet" was developed in 2004 by Nordic chefs in an effort to improve the culinary appeal

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You are probably familiar with the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and olive oil. The diet has been associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes, as well as a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. But there’s another diet that has its roots overseas, and it appears to offer similar health benefits.

The Nordic diet consists of foods traditionally sourced in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Similar to the Mediterranean, the Nordic has been linked to decreased risk for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Other research suggests that the Nordic diet may be beneficial for weight loss.