What's the Nordic diet?

You've heard about the Mediterranean diet. How about the Nordic diet?

"It appears to be a pretty good diet," said Dr. John Swartzberg at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. "We don't know as much about it as the more famous Mediterranean diet, but the data early on now is that the Nordic diet may be as good."

Dr. Swartzberg says that's not surprising because the Nordic diet is very similar to the Mediterranean diet.

"It's predominantly a plant-based diet with very little meat and the meat that you eat tends to be very lean," he said. "The only real difference is the Nordic diet tends to use canola oil, which is rape seed oil, instead of olive oil, but otherwise it's pretty similar."

Canola oil is very low in saturated fat, although it's hard to say if that's what helps provide the health benefits.

Dr. Swartzberg says the important thing about this diet is that it's plant-based with whole grain foods.

"Also, regional foods are used as opposed to foods that are shipped in from around the world, so it's probably healthier for the planet, too."

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