What are some of the healthiest diets around the world?

Have you heard of the ‘Mediterranean diet’ in the media? Join us as we dive into some of the healthiest diets worldwide. They all emphasise fresh, whole foods and balanced nutrition. But we think sitting in the sun next to the sea might help!

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So, what’s the fuss about the Mediterranean Diet? Looking at the dishes of those living by the Mediterranean Sea, it includes plenty of whole foods. Like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Add local fish, poultry, and dairy, and a careful balance of red meat and wine. Making this a lovely diet to follow!

Just north of the Mediterranean, the Nordic Diet also offers great health benefits. Fatty fish are rich in omega-3. Your heart health will thank you! Think salmon, herring, and mackerel as staples. Plus, an abundance of berries. Such as lingonberries, blueberries, and cloudberries. They are all full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Add some rye or oats for fibre and energy. And lots of root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, turnips, and beets.

Now, looking across the world. The Japanese Diet is rich in fish, seafood, tofu, seaweed, fruits, and vegetables. Plus, fermented foods like miso and soy sauce. And includes small portions of rice. The traditional diet of the Okinawan people of Japan’s Ryukyu Islands is a great example. With their population living the longest in the world!

In India, many dishes are full of healthy, hearty ingredients. They feature a variety of vegetables, whole grains, and spices. Vegetarian options are popular, with meat used sparingly. Unfortunately, your local curry house might not be as authentic. But by choosing a vegetable-filled curry and avoiding the cheesy naan, you may get some health benefits!

While all this talk of international food is fun to think up for a holiday, don’t forget that dietary needs vary. What works for one person may not work for another. As you can see from the different diets around the world!

For more advice about the best diet, check with us to see if you are covered for dietician appointments. You may need to obtain approval from your insurance provider before scheduling a visit.