In Reykjavik for the nutrition conference

Nordic Nutrition Conference

Iceland. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it?

I’m in Reykjavik for the Nordic Nutrition Conference, together with representatives from the National Food Agencies in all the Nordic countries. Basically the people responsible for the official nutritional guidelines. This conference is held every four years… like the Olympics!

On the program is a lot of talk about obesity. And tomorrow we’ll get a preview of the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations – NNR 2012, set to replace NNR 2004. Exciting. I’m optimistic that we’ll see a baby step or two in the right direction.


  1. Welcome to Reykjavík. (Well, I'm only here for 3 months.) I've particularly enjoyed losing 8 kg while I've been here. I hope you've enjoyed it; we've enjoyed that Hilton a few times, even if it's not right downtown.
  2. FrankG
    I spent a very enjoyable (but expensive) couple of days in Reykjavik on a stop-over when flying with my son to England a couple of years back.

    I see the draft Nordic Nutrition Recommendations discussed here...

    Looks like a mixed bag but, optimistically, I do see the hint of a step in the right direction:

    "More emphasis is put on quality of fat and carbohydrates and their dietary sources.
    In practice, following NNR would mean that diets with plenty of fibre-rich plant foods (e.g. dark green leafy vegetables, cabbages and onions, beans and peas, root vegetables, fruits and berries, nuts, wholegrain cereals); with frequent consumption of fish and seafood and vegetable oils, and in which low fat dairy products preferably are used and salt (NaCl) intake is limited, are associated with lower risk of most diet-related chronic diseases.

    In contrast, when food products low in essential nutrients and fibre and high in energy, like sugar-sweetened beverages, sweet bakery products or confectionary, refined cereals and solid fats (e.g. butter) are frequently consumed, the risk for chronic diseases and weight-gain will increase. Also, high consumption of processed and red meats (i.e., beef, pork and lamb), may enhance the risk of adverse health and chronic disease in the population."

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