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Nordic diet cuts heart disease risk: study

16 Mar 2013, 17:20

Published: 16 Mar 2013 17:20 GMT+01:00

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The study, in which 200 people participated, showed that the diet as a whole is the important factor, rather than individual foods.

The healthy Nordic diet is, according to the study, characterized as high in local foods and with animal fats replaced with rape-seed oil and vegetable oil-based margarine.

In order to feel the benefits a diet should include the consumption of a lot of domestic seasonal products every day: apples, pears, plums, berries, vegetables, root vegetables and cabbage as well as whole grains of rye, barley and oats.

Many of which are considered to be typical of the traditional Nordic diet, the study claims.

These foods have been shown to reduce factors associated with cardiovascular disease. Levels of harmful cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, decreases, while levels of good cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, rises so that the proportions improve.

At the same time the amount of harmful fat particles in the blood vessels declined.

Researchers in the Sysdiet project concluded that with these changes in mind, the risk of coronary heart disease decreases by 10-15 percent over a 5-10-year period.

Furthermore thanks to the diet the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals was 1.5-2 times higher than normal.

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The Sysdiet research project was launched in 2007.

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19:49 March 16, 2013 by EmployedProfessional
One question; are all those potatoes really that good for us?

To me,they seem like dead weight,not much vitamins and just plain tasteless most of the year.

If more swedes payed up for green veggies( not sallad),they would be less sickly in the winter!

20:24 March 16, 2013 by Logic_and_Reason
You cannot find decent veggies in Sweden any time of year.
20:28 March 16, 2013 by Rishonim
Kinda hard to get any proper veggies except a couple descent bunch of carrots and if lucky, a few brown looking broccoli's next to the wilted cabbage.Lest not even talk about the overly dry brussel sprouts!
21:36 March 16, 2013 by EmployedProfessional
yeah,crappy and really expensive /sub standard veggies.

You 'll never know what you'll get:(
22:39 March 16, 2013 by Svensksmith
Falukorv is good for you?
23:33 March 16, 2013 by Beavis
nonsense.... as all have stated veggies tend to be sold rotten or almost rotten in Sweden.real full fat butter is far beter for you than snth margerine- just check all those additives! Also as regards type 2--- Ive never seen so many sweets for sale in shops in ANY country
14:07 March 17, 2013 by cogito
Svensksmith, Falukorv is good for you, especially when accompanied by isterband.

As a side dish, tasteless potatoes and maybe some cauliflower in a late stage of decomposition.
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