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The New Nordic Diet - from Gastronomy to Health

The New Nordic Diet is a new food culture which emphasizes gastronomy, health, and environment. This course presents the scientific background of the New Nordic Diet, the world’s largest research project into adult and child health and well-being, and will help you better understand the global challenges such as obesity and obesity-related diseases.


Course at a Glance

About the Course

The New Nordic Diet is a new food culture developed in 2009-13 with key emphasis on gastronomy, health, and environment. Major research in its effect on acceptability, behavior and learning skills, and disease prevention have been conducted by the OPUS centre at the University of Copenhagen and the people behind the award-winning restaurant Noma in Copenhagen.

This course will give the participants the opportunity to experience a healthy and palatable new food and eating concept diet “The New Nordic Diet” and an understanding of how food and diets can affect mental and physical health and ensure the foundation for a healthier life style for future generations with a regional based diet and food culture. 

In Denmark “the Nordic cuisine”, has expanded from food eaten at the award-winning Copenhagen restaurant Noma to homemade dishes of local ingredients of whole-grain rye bread, root vegetables, berries, fresh fish and seaweed. 

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Developing a new meal system the New Nordic Diet based on local ingredients at the same time taking account of the health and well-being of the individual, environmental sustainability and the sensory aspects of the diet.

Week 2: The OPUS School Meal Study. Gives an introduction to design, rationale and concept of the school meals and investigate the effect of serving the New Nordic Diet on the well-being, development and state of health of schoolchildren comparing the New Nordic Diet with the current situation in schools studying how the diet affects children's academic performance and behavior, body weight and body composition as well as their risk of developing lifestyle diseases.

Week 3: The OPUS Supermarket intervention investigates the effect on adults eating the New Nordic Diet and Average Danish Diet, respectively, in terms of body weight, body composition and general health.

Week 4: Investigate the New Nordic Diet – from food to health.

Recommended Background

The course is open to anyone, but a basic knowledge of bio-chemistry is recommended.

Suggested Readings

There are no required textbooks for this course.


  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.