Norway’s sugar consumption is rushing downwards

People in Norway have reduced their sugar consumption so much that the national target for 2021 has already been reached.

Norway’s sugar consumption is rushing downwards
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The country’s annual sugar consumption per person been reduced by 19 kilograms over the last eighteen years, NRK reports.

Health authorities in the Scandinavian country have welcomes the historically low levels of Norwegian sugar consumption.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet) presented on Tuesday an overview of dietary trends in the country, providing a barometer of the healthiness of Norwegians’ eating habits.

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“We are not yet down to the recommended intake, but we have actually already reached the target for sugar reduction (by 2021) set out in the Norwegian National Action Plan for a Healthier Diet,” Linda Granlund, division director for public health with the Directorate of Health, said to NRK.

The report presented on Tuesday states that the average yearly consumption of sugar in Norway decreased from 43 to 24 kilos per person between 2000 and 2018.

The last ten years have seen sugar consumption fall by 27 percent, according to NRK’s report.

Health authorities said these are important trends in the context of long-term health in Norway.

The report, Utviklingen av Norsk kosthold 2019 (‘The Development of the Norwegian Diet 2019’), is the Directorate of Health's annual report on diet and food supply in Norway.

Amongst other trends, the report states that chocolate consumption in Norway fell from 14 to 12.4 kilograms per person from 2017 to 2018,.

That compares with sales of chocolate and confectionery having increased from around 5 kilograms to around 12 kilograms per person per year from 1960 to 1990, and a further increase to around 15 kilograms in 2008, according to production, import and export figures from Statistics Norway.

Border shopping is not included in these statistics, the report notes.

Meanwhile, turnover from soft drinks and mineral water sales has more than doubled since the 1950s.

The consumption of sugary sodas appears to have peaked in 1997 at 93 litres per person.

But the total consumption of sugary soft drinks has dropped sharply in the last four years, from 59 to 47 litres per person, according to the report.

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Where are Norway’s Michelin star restaurants?

Norway is home to four new Michelin-starred restaurants following the recent publication of the Nordic Countries Guide for 2022. These are all the Norwegian restaurants to receive a star in the Michelin Guide. 

Where are Norway’s Michelin star restaurants?

Four new Norwegian restaurants received Michelin stars when the Nordic Countries Guide for 2022 was published this week. 

Scandinavia’s cooking elite gathered in Stavanger on Monday to award this year’s stars and individual honours for chefs in the Nordics. 

Three of the new stars awarded were given to restaurants in Oslo, while the other star was given to an eatery in Bergen, taking the number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the city on Norway’s west coast to two. 

One of the newcomers, Hot Shop, named after the former sex shop the building used to house, is located on Københavngata street in east Oslo. The canteen-style bistro serves tasting menus based on seasonal, local ingredients, which the Michelin Guide describes as “elegant, vibrant and technically adept, with delicate touches and real depth of flavour”. 

Schlägergården in Lilleaker, on the eastern outskirts of Oslo, was also awarded its first star. However, it was the fourth time restaurant manager Bjørn Svensson had received a star for one of his restaurants. The restaurant is in a converted 18th-century farmhouse with a set menu consisting of local produce, some foraged, grown, or preserved by the eatery’s staff. 

Michelin describes the food there as “pure, expertly crafted dishes which have bold, emotive flavours”.

Located right on the border of Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen in central Oslo is Hyde, the third restaurant in the capital to receive its first Michelin star this year. The guide credits the service and “laid-back, lively atmosphere” as major pulls for the restaurants.

Over on Norway’s west coast, Lysverket in Bergen was awarded a Michelin star. The eatery serves up creative, modern takes on Norwegian dishes accompanied by craft cocktails. The restaurant is housed in an art museum with the menus showcasing “intelligently crafted, balanced dishes”. 

The other restaurant in Oslo, boasting a glowing review from the Michelin guide, was Maaemo, which retained its three Michelin star status. The new Nordic cuisine behemoth focused on organic and biodynamic produce is located in the heart of Oslo on Dronning Eufamas gate street.

A few other chefs and restaurants received accolades at this year’s presentation. Heidi Bjerkan took home two awards, the first for excellent service at her sustainable Michelin-starred restaurant Credo. One of her other restaurants, Jossa Mat og Drikke, won a green star, given to eatery’s that excel in sustainable operations. 

A Norwegian, Jimmy Øien, scooped the award for the best young chef. Øien is the chef at Rest located on Kirkegat in Central Oslo and holds a green star for sustainable practices. The menu heavily emphasises using imperfect produce, which other places may otherwise discard. 

Several restaurants also retained their status. Renaa, with its kitchen located in the heart of the restaurant, has two Michelin stars and is commended by the guide for the quality of its Norwegian seafood dishes and the bread it produces at a nearby bakery. 

The 2022 guide also includes Kontrast (Oslo), Statholdergaarden (Oslo) , Under (Lindesnes), the biggest underwater restaurant in the world, Sabi Omakase (Stavanger), Bare (Bergen), FAGN (Trondheim), Credo (Trondheim) and Speilsalen (Trondheim), which all have one Michelin star.