Nordic-type diet lowers MI risk
There are always plenty of studies on the Mediterranean diet but what about the traditional diet followed by Northern Europeans? Now, a new study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has examined the impact of a healthy Nordic diet on risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in middle aged Danes.
Data were collated from a pre-existing study involving more than 57,000 Danish men and women recruited between 1993 and 97. An index was created to reflect the intake of healthy Nordic food items such as fish, cabbage, rye bread, oatmeal, apple, pears and root vegetables. Over the next 14 years, 1669 men and 653 women were diagnosed with MI so their baseline dietary information was compared with study participants who had remained healthy. The results showed that people with a high Nordic diet score were 23% less likely to have an MI. The authors concluded that the Nordic diet should take its rightful place next to the Mediterranean diet as one of Europe’s best diets for helping to prevent heart disease.