Today I would like to talk about fatty food. Usually I am not really optimistic towards fatty food. But today I would like to talk about it in a more positive way. The thing is that we all consume it to some extent and sometimes it is very healthy for us. So today I would like to talk about Scandinavian diet which is rich in fat which surprisingly makes it not really unhealthy but quite good for health conscious people.
Such simple things like fatty fish, cabbage, root vegetables, rye bread are among the healthiest in the world. Being honest, it may be hard to lose weight if one consumes lots of fatty fish and bread but if it is consumed in moderate quantities it may help to feel more full and have no desire to start thinking about “unhealthy” kinds of food. To provide a right example, I would like you to think about health conscious Sweden. According to recent estimations, as low as 10 per cent of swedes have problems with obesity. One of the main reasons for such a situation is the fact that Sweden and overall Northern European region is not a big fast-food culture, there are almost no ready meals tradition and the dinner table is viewed as if there is no more important place than it. Another aspect is that in contrast to many other diets which are based on products that could be consumed in high quantities, Scandinavian diet is rich in grains and oats which are unlikely to be consumed in high quantities.
Interestingly, world’s leading expert on obesity Professor Arne Astrup developed a “new Nordic diet” as a mean to battle the increasing problem of obesity. Among the main reasons why Nordic diet has all chances to succeed is because of its simplicity. Eventually that’s what Vikings ate. It is based on high intakes of cheap but tasty fish such as herring, mackerel, salmon and trout. Meat and fish are nearly always served with boiled potatoes and root vegetables and the bread is dark brown and full of grains and oats. Cold-weather veggies such as cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts contain some of the highest antioxidants of any vegetables and are also a great source of vitamin K. Rapeseed oil, the most common cooking oil in Scandinavia, is also a valuable asset since it contains more omega-3 fatty acids and is a good source of vitamin E.
Research shows that Scandinavian diet could be a great alternative to Mediterranean in colder areas such as Northern Europe.