Here’s The Happiest Diet In The World: The Scandinavian Diet
The Scandinavians are consistently at the top of the happiness charts… could it be something in their diet? If you’ve tried the Mediterranean Diet but have not heard of the Scandinavian Diet, here’s everything you need to know
May 18, 2017
Taking out four of the top five spots in the World Happiness Index three years running in no mean feat. While countries like Australia hover around spots nine and ten, Scandinavian countries like Denmark, Norway and Finland are consistently topping the charts.
Perhaps, just like the Mediterranean Diet has been linked to healthier, longer lives, the eating habits of our North-European friends is associated with their levels of happiness.
It’s ranked as one of the healthiest lifestyles on Earth – find out what’s in their daily diet that allows them to achieve this.
For a country obsessed with the ocean, you’d think we’d be giving the Scandinavians a run for their money when it comes to seafood. However, these underwater wonders play a far more significant role in the Scandinavian diet.
The average Aussie, known for their healthy fish diets, only eats 25 kg of fish of year. Compare this, say, to the Norwegians who chow down on twice as much, at around 50 kg each year. In Iceland, that number jumps to a whopping 90 kg.
But, there’s no canned tuna here. Instead, the diet incorporates deep-sea fish such as salmon and mackerel. Known for their naturally high levels of omega-3 fats, this fishy protein is not only linked to a healthy heart but will increase satiety, meaning we feel fuller for longer and naturally eat less.
It’s no wonder Norway reports a mere five per cent of their population are obese compared to Australia’s eighteen.
Bring that cafe-style big brekky into your daily diet without the guilt – it’s working for the Swedes!
But you might want to hold on the sourdough toast, for it’s a protein-based breakfast that seems to be the trick. Following in the footsteps of the Low-Carb, High-Fat diet, the Scandinavian spread is advocating all things eggs, meats and fish.
These high-protein options are designed to keep you going until lunch without reaching for the snacks.
Pass Up Processed Foods
Those convenient supermarket-bought snack bars that parade as a healthy way to stave off hunger between meals have no place in the Scandinavian diet.
In fact, the diet consists of far less processed foods than our daily nosh. Avoiding cereals, white breads and pastas and those pesky muesli bars makes sense when they cost a small fortune to purchase.
In the end, it’s a simple equation of in vs out. Fewer meals and snacks means fewer calories to later burn off. Easy!