More meat, more veggies, more special diets: here’s what Finland is eating

The latest research bakes a fresh picture of what Finns are serving up for dinner.

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Are you a meat lover? Have you eaten meatballs, steak or sausages today?

A new study finds that Finns eat an average of 520g of red meat every week, and three-in-four people say they eat it with a clear conscience, and consider it a healthy food. The recommended red meat intake is 500g per week and Finnish men eat slightly more than this, while women eat slightly less, researchers found.

The study was carried out by TNS Kantar and published in Rural Future magazine.

Just one-in-three adults in Finland say they avoid eating red meat for ecological or ethical reasons; and only 8% say they are total meat refuseniks – but that number is up slightly from 5% back in 2011.

The total number of vegans has remained at 2%, they are typically young women, or women over 55.

Special diets

The most common special diet in Finland is lactose-free or low-lactose followed by almost  20% of the population. But low fat diets are not so common any more, after a peak in the 1990s, followed by fewer than 10% of people these days.

Saltless or low-salt diets are becoming more popular with 15% people now saying this is a special diet that works for them.

As for other diet trends, 4% of adults in Finland follow a gluten-free diet; while 3%, mostly young men according to the survey, follow high protein diets.