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Nordic diet lowers cholesterol, study finds

29 May 2013

Ulf Huett-Nilsson/sweden.se

A healthy Nordic diet lowers cholesterol levels, and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease, a pan-Nordic study where Lund University participated has found. There was also decreased inflammation associated with pre-diabetes.

-The subjects who ate a Nordic diet had lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and higher levels of “good" HDL cholesterol. The amount of harmful fat particles in the blood also declined, says Lieselotte Cloetens, a biomedical nutrition researcher at Lund University.

The ‘healthy Nordic diet’ used in the study contains local produce such as berries, root vegetables, legumes, and cabbage. Nuts, game, poultry and fish are also included, as well as whole grains, rapeseed oil and low-fat dairy products. The rest of the group ate butter instead of rapeseed oil, less berries and vegetables, and had no rules on red meat or white bread intake.

The researchers now want to focus on the diet’s ability to maintain weight loss in a new study, according to Lieselotte Cloetens, who points out that the problem with most diets is maintaining the results.

About the study:
The study was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. The Department of Biomedical Nutrition and the Diabetes Centre at Lund University both participated in SYSDIET, a project financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers research unit Nordforsk.

Contact:
Lieselotte Cloetens
lieselotte.cloetens@tbiokem.lth.se
+ 46 46-222 38 53