This restaurant is classified as the world’s finest restaurant because of the unique twist it has put on Scandinavian meals, with fish, dandelions and wild berries served with herbs and ‘malt soil’.
Heart experts have now stated that a diet based on the recipes from Noma, a Danish restaurant, may not only result in weight loss, but could also protect against strokes and heart attacks.
Cardiologists have promoted the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet for decades, stating that the huge amounts of olive oil, sun-ripened vegetables and fish protect the heart.
New research which has been presented at the European Society of Cardiologists Congress in Barcelona indicates that males and females who follow the recipes created at Noma could shed three times as much weight as those who follow a standard diet.
The Michelin-star Copenhagen restaurant has gained global fame for its unusual meals and has been named the best restaurant globally in four of the last five years.
It is run by chef Rene Redzepi and has gained popularity and fame for serving foraged and seasonal foods, such as blueberries, lingonberries, asparagus, fish roe, along with its signature dish, Vegetable Dish with Malt Soil. This dish looks like small root vegetable have been planted in earth, but it is actually vegetables which have been placed in a base made up of nuts and flour.
It is known for its high prices and a tasting menu with wine could set you back around €350. However, researchers have stated that the daily costs of the diet plan were around €6 daily, which is about 25% more than the cost of a standard diet.
The study involved 181 obese males and females and found that those on this diet lost an average of more than 10 pounds over a six month period. Participants who followed a standard Danish diet lost around three pounds during the same time period. The ones on the Noma diet experienced bigger blood pressure reductions, which reduced their risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Copenhagen University researchers collaborated with the chefs at Noma to develop 180 recipes and menu plans for the dieters. The diet consists of 15 food groups – seaweed, shellfish, fish, meat from game and livestock, whole grains, nuts, mushrooms and plants gathered from the wild, fresh herbs, potatoes, vegetables and fruit, particularly legumes, root vegetables, cabbages and berries.
The recipes included sweet water pike grilled with summer cabbage, turbot in breadcrumbs and backed cod with celery. Small quantities of red meat were consumed, with game or poultry being eaten instead. This kept the amount of fat consumed at a low level.
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