Nordic Nutrition Recommendations 2023, which not only focus on our health but also emphasize the importance of the environment. This edition, the largest update in the report’s 40-year history, provides comprehensive scientific recommendations on how to adopt a sustainable and healthy diet.
Based on the best available scientific research on food consumption, health, and the environment, these recommendations highlight the benefits of a more plant-based diet with increased fish consumption and reduced meat intake.
The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations 2023 promote a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, berries, legumes, potatoes, and whole grains. Additionally, they suggest a higher intake of fish and nuts, moderate consumption of low-fat dairy products, limited amounts of red and white meat, and minimal intake of processed meats, alcohol, and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar.
The global community has welcomed the pioneering efforts of the Nordic countries in addressing the connection between human health and the well-being of the planet. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), commended the report for its emphasis on plant-based diets, aligning with current scientific literature.
The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations are a result of collaboration among the Nordic countries and are published by the Nordic Council of Ministers. These evidence-based guidelines serve as a foundation for developing dietary guidelines at the national level, influencing menus in schools, hospitals, and other public-sector kitchens.
By focusing on both health and environmental sustainability, the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations aim to assist people in the Nordics to make choices that are both beneficial for their well-being and the planet’s future.