Some time ago I saw Mediterranean diet recommendations in a blog www.jovinacooksitalian.com. As the Estonian National Institute for Health Development (ENIHD) published
a new updated version of Estonian diet recommendations at the end of 2016, I thought it would be very interesting to compare the recommendations.
Some things are the same: do not eat sweets and have enough daily physical activity.
The biggest difference is alcohol. From July excises for light alcohol including beer, are rising. For example the excise for wine is 0,54 euro per litre (and Estonian turnover tax is 20%).
Therefore, alcohol is expensive in Estonia, but it’s still true, that Estonians are not very good at handling alcohol. We cannot drink. Lots of accidents and deaths are caused by alcohol. Anyway, it would be strange, cynical and unprecedented to see advice for alcohol in Estonian diet recommendations.
Cereals which are the base and bottom of these Mediterranean pyramid are the second big difference. Estonians fear cereals 🙂
A study, conducted in 2014 by ENIHD found that Estonians eat too little cereals, fish and seeds and nuts.
And Estonians eat too much meat and sweets.
I wrote recently about fish.