29 May 2013
The Nordic diet has been found to lower cholesterol, according to a new study conducted through Lund University. The healthy, balanced diet has also been linked to decreased inflammation and reduced risk for diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease.
Nordic diets encourage consumption of natural foods, like berries, root vegetables and legumes. Nuts, poultry, fish and game are included as sources of protein. Whole grains, rapeseed oil and low-fat dairy products are also included in the diet.
Researchers found that subjects who stuck to a strict Nordic diet had lower levels of LDL, or ‘bad’ cholesterol and higher levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
Subjects who deviated from the diet and ate butter instead of rapeseed oil, less fresh fruit and vegetables and chose processed white bread instead of whole grain had higher levels of bad cholesterol.
Opt for a self-pay cholesterol level test to determine whether you may benefit from a balanced Nordic diet.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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