The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, but researchers in Denmark say it is not the only way to lose weight and lower blood pressure. In a study of 181 Danes with big bellies, they tested the New Nordic Diet. The volunteers were randomly assigned to eat the New Nordic Diet or an average Danish diet for half a year. All participants were provided with cookbooks and free foods.

147 individuals completed the study, and those folks did a good job sticking to their assigned diets. Those on the New Nordic Diet (with plenty of vegetables, fruit, fish and whole grain such as rye) lost an average of nearly 5 kg (roughly 10 pounds). Those sticking to the average Danish diet lost about 1.5 kg (a bit more than 3 pounds). In addition, the New Nordic Diet resulted in lower blood pressure than the average Danish diet.

[American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan. 2014]

The bottom line seems to be that a diet rich in vegetables and fish and low in sugars and refined grains is probably the way to go for better health. If you’d like recipes that feature that approach, check out our cookbook, Recipes & Remedies From The People’s Pharmacy.

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  1. WW
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    There are plenty of whole grains besides wheat.

  2. Marilynn M.
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    I’m so TIRED of reading diets suggesting fish – I’m allergic to fish and seafod. Or whole grains – I’m allergic to wheat.
    Why oh why don’t they offer substitutes for these for people like me? These are very common allergies!

  3. Mary
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    Years ago many fish were safe to eat. Today, many larger fish are contaminated with too much mercury and possibly other pollutants.
    Then there are the farm raised fish that are questionable at best.
    What is a body to do?
    People’s Pharmacy response: We like to use the Monterey Bay guide that takes both health and ecology into account:
    http://www.seafoodwatch.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_health.aspx

  4. MR
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    I agree with the advice about reducing sugars and carbs in the diet. But I always have to wonder about other things that might be factors in these diet studies. For example, if people are following a prescribed diet, perhaps they are cutting out snacks that they formerly ate.
    In my understanding, eating between meals will increase the time insulin is in the bloodstream. This will automatically decrease the time glucagon is in the bloodstream. Since glucagon signals the liver to make blood sugar from its stored energy (brought to the liver by insulin), when insulin is high too often and glucagon is low too often the liver can become clogged from all that stored energy that never gets used.
    Also too much snacking and the continual high level of insulin in the blood would lead to insulin resistance.

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