Four of the best worldwide diets
Have you ever wondered how Swedish women maintain their slim figures? Why, despite large bowls of pasta and late dinners, Italians are one of the healthiest nations? We’ve selected the four best diets from around the world, so if you’re bored with the same old sandwiches and looking for a change, read on…
This is one of the healthiest diets in the world. The fish topping Japanese sushi supplies important Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. The Japanese also eat lots of seaweed that contains important trace minerals like selenium and iodine for healthy thyroid function.
The Mediterranean diet boasts seafood, olive oil, vegetables, fruit and grains – and all these healthy foods, packed with vitamins and minerals, have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes. The Med diet also emphasises fish high in omega 3 fatty acids and foods containing antioxidants that can reduce the risk of memory loss and decrease brain function as we get older.
Swedes eat high quality fermented dairy products that are crucial when it comes to digestion and immunity (70% of our immune system is in our gut). They also munch plenty of high quality complex unrefined carbohydrates in the form of rye bread, which is often served alongside a main meal. Rye is full of fibre and keeps us fuller for longer.
Central African cuisine is low in fat and high in nutrients with grains being the main component. Teff – a wholegrain that’s high in fibre, iron, protein and calcium is used to prepare most of the dishes. Grains such as these are crucial in promoting digestive health as well as reducing the risk of bowel cancer.