5 Brilliant Food And Diet Tips To Copy From Around The Globe

We all know that the Mediterranean diet is one of the best out there, but which other countries are getting it right when it comes to healthy eating?

We asked expert nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville to talk us through the best healthy eating habits and diet tips from around the world:

Japan
‘This is one of the healthiest diets in the world. It contains lots of fish, providing important Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. The diet also contains lots of cruciferous vegetables and fermented soya, which have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, as they have a balancing effect on hormones. The Japanese also eat lots of seaweed, which contains important trace minerals like selenium and iodine for healthy thyroid function.’

Diet tips to copy:
Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout and herring)
broccoli
cauliflower
Brussels sprouts
kale
cabbage
soya
seaweed

Iceland 

‘This country is known for its fresh fish, which is high in Omega 3 to keep our hearts and brains healthy. These fatty acids can also help reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Icelandic diet is full of dairy products that are often of a very high quality. Their yoghurt, in particular, is full of beneficial bacteria.’

Diet tips to copy:
Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout and herring)
Skyr

Sweden 

‘The Swedes also produce and eat high-quality dairy products, including filmjölk, which is similar to yoghurt but uses slightly different beneficial bacteria. 70 per cent of our immune system is in our gut so these bacteria are crucial for our health. The Swedish diet also contains lots of high-quality complex unrefined carbohydrates in the form of rye and pumpernickel breads, which are important for good health.’

Diet tips to copy:
Filmjölk
Rye bread
Pumpernickel bread

Ethiopia 

‘The Ethiopian diet contains lots of teff, a grain that is high in fibre, iron, protein and calcium, which makes it a very nutritious staple and confers many health benefits. Ethiopians also eat lots of lentils, which are nutritionally important because they are classed as “phytoestrogens” and have a balancing effect on our hormones. They are also high in fibre, which is important in promoting digestive health and reducing the risk of bowel cancer.’

Diet tips to copy:
Healthy grains like teff, farro, bulgur, buckwheat, and barley
Lentils

South Korea 

‘The South Korean diet is very high in Omega 3 fats both from fish and tofu, which has a balancing effect on hormones. It also contains lots of soya and fermented vegetables, which provide beneficial bacteria to help improve immune function. Kimchi is one of their favourite dishes, and is high in fibre, vitamins A, B1 and B2, calcium, and iron, but low in calories. It is usually made with garlic, which has anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits.’

Diet tips to copy:
Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout and herring)
Tofu
Pickles
Kimchi (made from fermented cabbage)
Garlic
Soya

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