Dr. Oz: The Nordic Diet
Everyone knows about the Mediterranean diet, but there’s a new diet from another part of the world that can help us lose weight. Dr. Oz welcomed Chef Marcus Samuelsson to the show. He grew up in Sweden eating the foods of the Nordic diet.
He said it’s more of a lifetime plan than just a diet. They use a lot of root vegetables, like kale and cabbage, and berries in their food. They also eat a lot of great breads like pumpernickel, whole wheat, and rye.
The Nordic Diet is heart healthy, lowers blood pressure in as little as six weeks, lowers cholesterol, helps weight loss, and doesn’t involve counting calories.
Three viewers who love the Mediterranean diet judged the Nordic diet on the show, trying each item as Marcus discussed it.
Dr. Oz: Canola Oil Vs. Olive Oil
Marcus Samuelsson said that they use a lot of rapeseed oil, otherwise known as canola oil. They do most of their cooking in canola oil, mostly because there’s no olives in Scandinavia. Olive oil has more saturated fats than canola oil.
Dr. Oz: Choose Proteins From Seas & Lakes
Marcus recommended proteins from seas and lakes, such as mackerel, salmon, and herring. They’re high in Omega-3 fatty acids and easy and quick for weeknight meals. He recommends searing or smoking them. They also might pickle them.
Dr. Oz: Root Vegetables
Marucs said the staples of the Nordic diet are root vegetables, berries, and cabbage. Brussels sprouts and kale are great and what he grew up on. Pasta and potatoes are pretty big in the Mediterranean diet and this is a great substitute.
Dr. Oz: Rye Bread
Marcus said the fibers you get from rye bread are very beneficial. A lot of people don’t like rye bread, but this is dark rye bread. It’s a great afternoon snack and it’s very healthy.
Dr. Oz: Mediterranean Diet Vs. Nordic Diet
Dr. Oz went to his tasting table. What did they think? The first woman said she loved the salmon. The next said the bread was great and she thought her kids would like it. The last woman was Jewish and she grew up eating rye bread, but she thought the Nordic dark rye bread was better.
The three women all voted for the Nordic Diet over the Mediterranean Diet.
Marcus Samuelsson is the author of Marcus Off Duty, which is in stores now.