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New Nordic dietary recommendations

Photo: Colourbox

Photo: Colourbox

Choosing high-quality fats and carbohydrates is important: this is one of the main conclusions in the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR) that were published on 3 October. Orkla is responding to the new recommendations by maintaining our strong focus on making healthier products.

The NNR have been published every eight years since 1980, and are a result of the efforts of more than a hundred experts headed by a working group under the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The new recommendations call for higher intake of the unsaturated, healthy fat that is found in foods such as oils, nuts and fatty fish, while the intake of saturated fat should be limited to a maximum of 10% of total energy intake. Fast carbohydrates and sugar should be limited, whereas we should eat more of healthy sources of carbohydrates.

There is emphasis on the overall diet, and the NNR underscore the significance of which foods nutrients are derived from. In brief, increased intake of whole grain products, vegetables, fruit, berries, nuts, seeds, fish and shellfish is recommended. Limiting the intake of processed and red meat, fats, salt and alcohol, and beverages and foods with added sugar is also recommended. Dairy products with a high fat content should be replaced by lighter varieties; butter and butter-based spreads, for instance, should be replaced by products based on vegetable oils.

“Orkla focuses on nutrition and health, and has launched a variety of products that contain less sugar, saturated fat and salt,” says Anders Högberg, Manager Nutrition and Health at Orkla.

Some examples:

  • 15,000 tonnes of palm oil, which is high in saturated fat, have been removed from Orkla products in the Nordic region since 2008. The latest products, which were launched in September 2013, are Digestive Kex, Marie Kex and Cheez Doodles.
  • Many of our pizzas, soups and ready meals contain less salt than required by keyhole labelling criteria.
  • Half of all Orkla’s Nordic beverages are sugar-free.

Read more about NNR 2012: http://www.nnr5.org